exterior of bison ridge
exterior of bison ridge

Bison Ridge Recreation Center

Commerce City, Colorado
The Prairie Gateway

The City Council, and the citizens they represent, wanted to create a new center for Commerce City focused on well-being for the community. Commerce City’s population is growing fast and there was a clear need for a recreation center which helped bridge the city’s past and future between its beginning as an farming community to its industrial present.

The site is on the northern edge of town which connects the agrarian Northern Colorado to the metropolitan center of Denver, in what is often described as the “Prairie Gateway.”  The organization of the program, from the earliest sketches, was reflected in a composition of gabled forms intended to recall a cluster of farm buildings – the homestead.

The project is very much of of its place, balancing an industrial character with the typology of early Colorado settler buildings. The larger forms in deep patina metal and rustic lap-board siding, combined with rugged Colorado buff sandstone and ample glass reveal its function as a vital center of community activity.

side entrance of bison ridge
main lobby
A Project for Everyone

The community’s motto is a “Quality Community for a Lifetime,” which set the tone for this landmark project and a special place to be enjoyed by generations of Commerce City residents.

recreation area
From morning through evening, multi-generations love to use the indoor pool, gymnasium with walking/jogging track, weights/fitness area, dance/aerobics studio, a community event hall, and a tech lounge for youth and teen activities.
chairs in main group space
gymnastics space
lounge area
“With residents’ vision and support, Commerce City is now home to a state-of-the-art recreation facility that will serve our growing community for many generations.”

Sean Ford, Mayor of Commerce City

track elevated

Project Team

Andy Barnard
Chris Kastelic