City of peoria | Rio vista recreation Center

Location: Peoria Arizona

Completion: 09/07

Size: 51,376 sf

The challenge of the City of Peoria Rio Vista Recreation Center was to design a 51,000 sf recreation center on a small site located in an existing park. Nearly surrounded by and daringly close to the park's lake, the Center embraces its surroundings with a shape evocative of its environment. By its grand arching entry and the employment of bridges and cantilevered decks, the Center invites its visitors to experience not only what happens inside the facility but to venture outside to discover what surprises it might hold. The building form uses interlocked curved and folding surfaces creating a 360 degree composition that buffers harsh solar gain while framing protected views to the park and surrounding community. This two-story facility combines standard building materials - masonry, structural steel and concrete - to create its dynamic form. It's simple yet rich finishes include azure glass, perforated Cor-ten steel exterior and metal roofing. Drawing upon its structural essence for beauty, its minimal applied finishes create a comfortable and elegant interior.

Project Facts

Client | City of Peoria

Cost | $10.1M

Contractor | Haydon Building Corp.

Type | Design Build



2009 Metal Architecture Ribbed Wall Panels Award

2007 Construction Owners Association of America, Project Leadership Gold Award

2007 CISCA West Region Overall Interior Construction Excellence Award

2007 Southwest Contractor Best Project Management Award


Michael Alexander

John Kane

Chris Kelly

Doug Brown

Peter Goldammer

Jaime Henderson

Delicia Orozco Martinez

Sophia Meger

Eliseo Ramirez

Alan Rosen

Michael Rosso

Joseph Salvatore

Travis Sheridan

Melissa Sullivan


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