Las Cruces, New Mexico, a city of 95,000, dreamt of a new recreation and aquatic center. Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture teamed with Steve Newby Architects and Associates, Inc. of Las Cruces to help them realize that dream.
The 35,000-s.f. center, which is seeking LEED® certification, is being built in multiple phases. Phase 1A includes the lobby, leisure pool, lockers, and core and shell for a fitness center. The tenant has subsequently outfitted the fitness center, which is now fully functional. Phase 1B will consist of the buildout of the gymnasium and community meeting rooms, while Phase 2 will see construction of a competitive lap pool to round out the aquatic venue.
The new recreation and aquatic center is part of an existing activity complex that includes basketball, soccer, inline skating, skateboarding, BMX, baseball, softball and playground facilities. The building exterior brings a contemporary interpretation to New Mexico’s rich architectural vernacular.
Images by Patrick Coulie Photography