Ray Recreation Center|
Brown Reynolds Watford Architects
2700 Earl Rudder Freeway South, #4000, College Station, TX 77845
Location: Conroe, Texas
Date Bid: Aug 2010 Construction Period: Aug 2010 to June
Total Square Feet: 30,380 Site: 1.7 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 27,372; second floor, 3,008; total,
30,380 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 11’10”; second floor, 29’7”; floor
to floor, 11’10”; total, 42’6”.
Basic Construction Type: III-B & V-B; Addition/Renovation.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced.
Exterior Walls: CMU, metal wall panels, fiber cement panels,
Roof: Metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Robertson Consulting Engineers - 2700 Earl
Rudder Freeway South, #2900, College Station, TX 77845
General Contractor: Brookstone Construction Managers - 3713
Dacoma Street, Houston, TX 77092
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Brazos Valley Engineering, Inc.
- 1920 W. Villa Maria, #302, Bryan, TX 77807
Civil Engineer: O'Malley Engineers, L.L.P. - 203 South Jackson
Street, Brenham, TX 77833
In response to the needs of a growing community, the City of Conroe
commissioned a renovation and addition of its existing 1970's recreation
center. Visually and programmatically inconspicuous in its relationship
to the park and community, the nondescript recreation center's internal
spaces were disconnected, devoid of natural light, and worn from years
of patron use. Through expansion and renovation, the facility has gained
increased functionality and visibility.
The original interior was defined by long, narrow, dividing corridors
that did little to connect activities within the building. The
renovation and expansion created a highly functional facility with
appropriately sized program spaces, internal connections, and controlled
day lighting virtually everywhere. Spaces such as the locker rooms,
gymnasium, and existing sports and fitness rooms were remodeled to bring
the facility up to date and maximize the use of existing space. Exterior
walls were opened up with floor to ceiling glazing to incorporate
natural light and provide a visual connection the park as well as other
facilities onsite. New spaces include administration offices, a
3,000-square-foot cardio/fitness center, the Kid Zone, and a Welcome
Center in a 35-foot tall, naturally illuminated Lobby.
One of the greatest successes functionally in the recreation center is
the new Kid Zone, which provides child-care for patrons while at The
Rec. Prominently placing the kid zone in the Lobby answered concerned
patrons' desire for proximity and accessibility to their children during
fitness activities. As an added measure of security and transparency,
the entrance to the Kid Zone is enclosed with floor to ceiling glazing,
which allows patrons to visually check on their children without having
to physically enter the children's play/activity area.
The entire facility engenders a design appeal towards a variety of
material palettes with a high attention to detail. The sweeping roof
structure and angled entrance welcomes visitors and community members
into a spacious lobby with naturally illuminated corridors. The
landscape design relates to other recreational features of the
surrounding park and provides a sense of unity and interaction. The
entrance plaza serves as a direct, protected circulation path between
the recreation and aquatic centers, while small outdoor seating areas
bordered by landscaping provide areas for conversation and visual
interest. The continuity of the bold color pattern from the exterior
façade to the interior visually connects the lobby to the new entrance
plaza and reinforces the contemporary aesthetic of the addition. The
city has since incorporated this pattern into the branding material for
By creating a functional and visually appealing facility, the renovation
and expansion has drastically increased membership enrollment. As a
result, The Rec is now an integral component of Conroe's community.
Fiber Cement Wall Panels: James Hardie Metal Wall
Metal Roofing: Bettenlok Membrane Roofing: Soprema
Windows: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®
Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Perforated Metal Panel Cloud: Gordon Interior
Interior Wall Panels: James Hardie Paint: Sherwin
Plastic Laminate: Wilsonart Metal Laminate: Chemetal
Carpet: Patcraft Sports: Gerflor VCT: Mannington
Lighting: Lithonia, Visa, Gotham, Peerless, Focal Point, Wide
Lite, Hydrel, Bronzelite