Pinkard Construction provided design-build services with Aller-Lingle Architects and Sink Combs Dethlefs to design and construct the Northside Aztlan Community Center for the City of Fort Collins. The new, 50,000 sf Aztlan project tripled the size of the former facility, and is expected to be a key component of the City’s proposed “Beet Street” cultural and arts area.
In the project’s planning stages, the City of Fort Collins targeted LEED® Silver certification level. During design, Pinkard and Aller-Lingle found ways to earn enough LEED points to achieve LEED Gold. The facility features an insulated concrete form (ICF) system; heat-reflective roofing; maximizing the use of recycled and local materials; optimizing water conservation through low-flow plumbing fixtures; maximizing energy conservation and equipment performance; and creating daylighted spaces. Aztlan is a “brownfields” site due to its location on a former landfill. Extensive structural fill and drilled helical piers instead of caissons kept the site “greener” by not disturbing the landfill materials below.
The new center includes a gymnasium, fitness areas, elevated running track, wrestling/boxing studio, locker rooms, community rooms, kitchen, classrooms and administration areas. The structure is conventional steel beam and column framing. The main level slab is structurally reinforced concrete slab supported by helical piers and pier caps. Exterior perimeter walls and interior bearing walls are founded on continuous grade beams. Interior building columns are founded on isolated drill piers. Gymnasium roof framing includes long-span steel joists. Mechanical systems are packaged DX cooling RTU’s with gas fired heating and fan coil units. The structure is fully sprinklered.
Construction was phased to accommodate the operation of the existing 30-year old Aztlan facility, which was ten feet away from the proposed new facility. The old facility remained in operation throughout construction, then was demolished for additional parking space.
LEED Gold Certification, U.S. Green Building Council