Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center

Client
City Of Plano
Location
Plano, 
Texas
Market
Municipal
Architect
Brinkley Sargent Architects
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The Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center project, built for the City of Plano, included the new construction of a 83,845-square-foot community center located in the west area of Plano, Texas. The facility serves as a recreational aquatic center for children and families and houses an eight-lane indoor competitive pool with two one-meter diving boards, an indoor leisure pool with two water slides, and an outdoor pool with three waterslides and a waterfall. The project also features a gymnasium with an elevated running track, group exercise studio, locker rooms, underwater seating, outdoor jogging trail, and playground. Pedestrian bridges over the creek from the parking area to the entrance of the facility and preservation of trees completed the site work. The community center was constructed of a steel structural frame, tiled interior, stone façades, wood panels, and large glass windows allowing natural light and a view of the creek, which bisects the property diagonally. Recreation Management magazine awarded this project with a Design Award for Innovative Architecture for incorporating the facility into the surrounding natural landscape.

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