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  Williston Community Recreation CenterWilliston Community Recreation Center

Lead Architect

JLG Architects
124 N. Third Street, Grand Forks, ND 58203

Design Architect

Sink, Combs, Dethlefs
475 Lincoln Street, #100, Denver, CO 80203

General Description

Location: Williston, North Dakota
Date Bid: Aug 2012 Construction Period: Sep 2012 to Dec 2013
Total Square Feet: 223,787 Site: 5 acres. Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 194,707; second floor, 29,080; total, 223,787 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 15’; second floor, 15’; total, 30’.
Basic Construction Type: New/II B.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: Metal panels, CMU, brick, precast. Roof: Membrane, standing seam metal. Floors: Concrete, wood, precast, turf. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall, precast.

Project Team

Design Architect: Sink, Combs, Dethlefs - 475 Lincoln Street, #100, Denver, CO 80203
Structural Engineer: Heyer Engineering, P.C. - 1020 36th Street, S.W., #A, Fargo, ND 58103
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Obermiller Nelson Engineering, Inc. - 2201 12th Street, N., #E, Fargo, ND 58102
Civil Engineer: KLJ - 4885 Coleman Street, Bismarck, ND 58503
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: J.E. Dunn Construction - 501 E. Broadway, Williston, ND 58801

Following a comprehensive JLG-led feasibility study, the rapidly-growing community of Williston, North Dakota is now home to a 5-acre community recreation center located on the campus of Williston State University. It is the largest park district-owned indoor recreation center in the country.

The large, open gymnasium boasts four hardwood basketball courts ringed by a 200-meter, 6-lane performance running track. An upper level fitness track overlooks the gym spaces and has views to the outside as well as access to the fitness and weights area on the second level. The gym can host multiple concurrent court games and features change rooms for tournament use, the ability to subdivide playing places, and floor inserts for volleyball. Racquetball and handball are provided nearby.

One unique feature of the Rec Center is a 13,000 square foot indoor turf fieldhouse space. It has the ability to host football for youth play and upper level training and practice. Within the same volume of space is the tennis center, featuring high performance flooring surface, four full sized competition courts, and large amounts of natural light. Dividers between courts and rolling bleachers allow for multiple configurations and competitions to take place.

Within the same volume of space as the fieldhouse is the tennis center, featuring high performance flooring surface, four full sized competition courts, and large amounts of natural light. Dividers between courts and rolling bleachers allow for multiple configurations and competitions.

Free weights, circuit training, and group fitness are housed on the upper level mezzanine with views down into lower spaces and several access points to the track that rings the gymnasium.

Real fossils from northwest North Dakota that are 35 million to 95 million years old are encased throughout the waterpark and tiles picturing local fish are found at the bottom of the pools in pairs of two to reflect the "ARC" theme. The giant aquatics center contains a water park complete with water slides, a lazy river, zero-entry splash pool, a fully-accessible instructional pool, and a competition swimming and diving pool with spectator seating. The most unique feature in the water park, a surfing-ready wave pool, brings a service offering not found anywhere else in North Dakota.

The community can take advantage of many non-fitness uses as well, including a 2-story playground with a variety of park equipment. Williston Parks and Recreation Department offices are located in the building, and staff and visitors can access this area without having to go through the main rec center spaces. Public meeting rooms have all of the technology and flexible space needed for a small gathering or a large group. Building users can use the secure and safe on-site child care. Budding chefs have a demonstration kitchen for classes, which can also act as a dispensary for meeting room and senior center activities. Near the teen area is what is sure to be a very popular attraction: room-sized simulators for hunting and other outdoor pursuits.

Product Information
Building Envelope: James Hardie, CertainTeed, Georgia Pacific, Hebron, Larson by Alucoil® Aluminum Composite Panels, Alucoil North America, LLC
Roofing: Firestone, Epic Roof Decking
Interior: Crane Composite Glasbord, Dura Stone
Flooring: Tereagren, Robbins, Tandus, Shaw, Masland
Windows: Kawneer, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®
Curtain Wall: Wausau
Entrances & Storefronts: Flushline, Kawneer, Marshfield
Railings: Artec Chicago System
Lighting: Hemera, Lithonia, Maxilume, Luminaire, Con-Tech, Mark, Zumtobel, Winona, Luminis, Valmont

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