August 8, 2013
Layton Construction Co., Inc. has delivered a $39 million, 160,000-square-foot state-of-the-art recreation center to the residents of Provo, Utah. The long-awaited Provo Recreation Center, located at 320 West 500 North, was tailored to meet the recreational needs of the city’s young, active residents and families.
Roger Thomas, Provo Parks & Recreation Director, said residents had been asking for a new facility since at least 1996, and it was finally made possible by a voter approved bond in November, 2010.
"Thank you to all those who have made this dream come to pass,” said Mike Bateman, Parks and Recreation Board Member.
Layton Construction broke ground on the recreation center on Aug. 24, 2011, and it opened on May 13, 2013.
At the ribbon cutting, Thomas said the area had been "transformed into a beautiful, family-oriented recreation hub that will be a community gathering place and focal point within this community for decades and generations to come."
The new facility replaces a dated recreation center, built in 1973, as well as a community center and senior center, all of which had structural and mechanical problems.
Features of the Provo Recreation Center include 18 private family changing rooms, an aquatic area with slides, an aerobics pool, a lap pool, a competition pool, a children’s splash pool with a lazy river, and a rock wall jumping pool to simulate cliff-jumping at Lake Powell. The center also has an outdoor skate park and the first city-owned basketball courts.
While building the recreation center, Layton Construction overcame obstacles that included finding a buried swimming pool, buried building slabs, and broken or abandoned utilities. They worked through a full winter season before the building was enclosed, and even did excavation for pools in an area adjacent to where flat concrete floors were being laid for full-size basketball courts.
Despite these challenges, the recreation center construction was a huge success.
"To the residents that trusted us to build this, I have two things to say, 'On time and on budget,'" said John R. Curtis, Provo City Mayor.
Layton Construction also planned ahead so that Provo’s senior citizens could continue receiving meals at the senior center which was kept open during construction.
In addition to being a beautiful facility built within time and budget constraints, the recreation center was built to last. With so many aquatic features, it was built to battle humidity through proper ventilation, truss design, and paint coatings, which will provide extra durability.
Provo City Recreation Division Director, Scott Henderson, said “After seeing this building, why would you have anyone but Layton Construction build your recreation center?”
Take a virtual tour of the Provo Recreation Center here: http://www.provo.org/userfiles/downloads/parks_and_rec/recreation_center_3d_tour_web_7.pdf