Rio Vista Recreation Center Model

Rio Vista Recreation Center

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    • 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.
    • Studio Team
      Michael Alexander
      Douglas Brown
      Peter Goldammer
      Jaime Henderson
      John Kane
      Christopher Kelly
      Delicia Orozco Martinez
      Sophia Meger
      Eliseo Ramirez
      Alan Rosen
      Michael Rosso
      Joseph Salvatore
      Travis Sheridan
      Melissa Sullivan

    • Project Team
      Owner: City of Peoria
      Structural: Brickey Design Associates
      Mechanical/Electrical: Taylor Rymar Corp
      Civil: Ritoch-Powell
      Landscape: DMJM-Harris
      Kitchen: Frank Redmond Associates
      Lighting: RC Lurie/Darryl Gregg
      Envelope: Arcadia/Ken Martinek
      Design/Build: Haydon Building Corp
      Photographer: Hatton Imaging, Michael T. Masengab–Architekton
    • Awards
      2009 Metal Architecture Ribbed Metal Wall Panels Awards
      2007 CISCA West Region Overall Interior Construction Excellence Award: Citation of Merit
      2007 Construction Owners Association of America, Project Leadership Gold Award
      2007 Southwest Contractor Best Project Management

      July 2009, Metal Architecture, "Ribbed Wall Award"
      July 2009, Metal Architecture, "The Park Jewel"
      Spring 2008, Owners Perspective, “Gold Award Winner: A New Park in Peoria"
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