Denver Architectural Firm Recognized as Best in Recreational Design

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Denver-based Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative is recognized for its innovation and design of two buildings: the Aspen Lodge Recreation Center in Broomfield, Colo., and the Health and Fitness Center at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Denver-based Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative, an architectural leader in recreation, fitness and aquatics, has won a pair of 2008 Innovative Architecture & Design Awards from Recreation Management Magazine. The awards recognize recreation facilities, new or remodeled, that are raising standards of excellence in the recreation community.

The Aspen Lodge Recreation Center at Anthem Ranch in Broomfield, Colo., and the Health and Fitness Center at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Mich., were the subjects of the award. OLC has now won the Innovative Architecture and Design Award five times in the last three years.

The Aspen Lodge Recreation Center complements its setting, embracing the site and spectacular views of the Colorado plains to the east and Rocky Mountains to the west. One of the design drivers in planning this Colorado Lodge building site was to emphasize the integration between indoor and outdoor spaces. The designers paid considerable attention to the transition between those spaces by using a raised roof, heavy timber, exposed beams and trellised walkways. OLC worked as the recreation design architect together with DTJ Design on this unique Colorado community center.

The Health and Fitness Center at Washtenaw Community College was designed to deliver the latest breakthroughs in sustainable design. OLC architects wanted to establish a functional facility that promotes healthy living for both the students on campus and the local residents who will be members. Some unique characteristics of the facility include lights that go on automatically when daylight falls below a certain level; floors and carpets made of non-toxic renewable materials; and a reflective white roof that reduces heating and cooling requirements. The WCC building is positioned to become the first gold-certified LEEDâ„¢ building for health-and-fitness west of the Mid-Atlantic U.S.

LEEDâ„¢ is a certification program that stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The U.S. Green Building Council could make its final determination on the certification sometime this spring.
"Emphasis on client-centered design is a goal for every facility we help create," said Hervey Lavoie, president of OLC. "We are very pleased that these two projects have been honored."

The other OLC projects that received the same award in recent years were the West River Community Center in Dickinson, N.D., Laramie Community Recreation Center in Laramie, Wyo., and The Trails Recreation Center in Centennial, Colo.

About OLC
Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative is a full-service architectural firm that emphasizes client relationships and building functionality. With U.S. offices in Denver and Orlando, OLC specializes in designing fitness, recreation, medical wellness, aquatic and spa facilities. For more than 45 years the firm has set an industry standard for responsiveness, with its emphasis on Client-Centered Creativity. OLC also provides in-house aquatic design and interior design. OLC's recent projects include the Viera HealthFirst Wellness Center in Melbourne, Fla., Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo., and Summa Wellness Institute in Hudson, Ohio. OLC has designed facilities in 47 states and nine countries. For more information, visit or call 303-294-9244.


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