Carla Madison Recreation Center
Award of Merit   

Owner: City and County of Denver
Owners Rep.: BBH Management Solutions LLC
Lead Design Firm: Barker Rinker Seacat
General Contractor: Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Structural Engineer: James F. Sato & Associates
Civil Engineer: Harris Kocher Smith
Key Subcontractors: ADK Electric Corp.; Drake Williams Steel; Entre Prises; High Country Pools and Spas; Landscape Tech Contractors

The Carla Madison Recreation Center fills Denver’s long-standing need for a centrally located recreation facility. The unique four-story design includes a gymnasium placed over the pool. There is a large weight room, a full-size basketball court and lots of space for the community to gather. Other features include a 30-ft-tall outdoor climbing wall and an outdoor bouldering area. The building also contains an indoor-outdoor event space on the roof.  

LEED Gold certification is being sought for the facility, which features energy-efficient lighting, heating, water conservation, natural light and regional and recycled materials. Denver City Council member Carla Madison, who died in 2011, was a longtime advocate for City Park West and nearby Denver neighborhoods. The new center proudly bears her name.

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