April 16, 2010
The new 190,000-square-foot Campbell County Recreation Center in Gillette, Wyo. held an official ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony earlier this month. During the ceremony, speakers hailed the facility as one of the best recreation centers in the region and possibly even the nation.
Layton Construction Co., Inc. broke ground on the project in January 2008. Among the project's successes are that workers completed construction two weeks ahead of schedule, there was only one change order during the entirety of construction, and the team was able to save $3 million on the project through the use of value engineering.
The new Campbell County Recreation Center includes a six-lane lap pool with an integrated dive area, a 7,000-square-foot leisure pool with two slides and a vortex among other features, a climbing wall modeled after Devil's Tower (a famous and popular rock climbing destination in Wyoming and the first declared United States National Monument), four racquetball courts, three full-size basketball courts, a sauna and steam room, running track, and space for fitness, aerobics, weights, spinning, child care and offices. The facility also includes an 80,000-square-foot field house containing a full-size running track and room for five tennis courts in the middle. The field house has been built to house high school regional and state events.
Campbell County residents have been enthusiastic about having a new fitness facility in their community. The recreation center had a "soft opening" on March 23rd and averaged more than 1,000 patrons per day in the two weeks that followed.
"This center is one of the finest facilities anywhere in the U.S.," Chris Smith, executive vice president of business development for Layton's Construction Services Group, said at the ribbon cutting event. "We build rec centers throughout the country...I can tell you, as far as sports, quality and the type of programs that are offered, there is no place in all of the U.S.A. that can rival what you have built here."
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