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Westside Community Recreation Center

p r o j e c t  Westside

Imagined as an oasis at the edge of the Chihuahuan

Community Recreation Center, El Paso

a r c h i t e c t  Parkhill,

Desert, the Westside Community Recreation Center

Smith & Cooper

d e s i g n t e a m  Hector

De Santiago, AIA; Eric Perea, Assoc. AIA

within the Three Hills (Mulberry Dam) Park in El Paso

General Contractors

acts as a gateway to hiking the adjacent undeveloped

c o n s u l t a n t s  Schrickel, Rollins & Associates (landscape); Parkhill

terrain. Designed by Parkhill, Smith & Cooper in col-

Smith & Cooper (irrigation, structural, civil, MEP)

laboration with Shrickel, Rollins & Associates, the

p h o t o g r a p h e r  Geof

21,200-sf recreation center and associated outdoor

c o n t r a c t o r  SamCorp




amenities, budgeted at $5,857,000, are the first phase fences , gates and hardware :

of the master plan. Sited on a remnant parcel of flood

Mesa Fence; recreational facility and playground equipment: Landscape

control land, the project includes a gym, basketball and

Structures (Exerplay);

r e s o u r c e s concrete pavement :


Totturf (Exerplay);

volleyball courts, and covered playgrounds. Preliminary

Del Norte Masonry

collaboration with the city’s parks and recreation staff

Products; stone : Advanced Cast Stone; metal decking : CSI Metal Dek

and interested citizens affirmed the building as the

shelters :


rubber safety surfacing :

Icon Shelter Systems;

architectural woodwork :

Johns Manville;

masonry units :

Heron Millwork;

roof and wall panels :


building insulation :

park’s center of activity, an idea that is reflected in its

glazed curtainwall :

radiating geometry. This design maximizes visual control


for staff while orientating patrons to their destinations

athletic wood flooring :

through a series of arches that correspond with various

Connor Sports Flooring; laminate flooring : Armstrong; fluid applied

activities. The center stands out as a beacon against

flooring :

the desert landscape with bright washes of color, while

United States Aluminum; athletic flooring :

gypsum / acoustical ceilings :

Mondo Sports Flooring;


Daltile; paint: Dunn-Edwards Paint; cable supported fabric

structures :


simultaneously offering patrons opportunities to connect with nature. The Westside Community Recreation Center has proven to be an asset, both visually and physically, to the area. susan

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FLOOR PLAN 1 Lobby 2 Reception desk 3 recreation room 4 community room 5 excercise room 6 gymnasium 7 kitchen 8 restroom and changing area


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Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2009: Design Awards