• Pool Type Indoor 25-Yard
  • Project Type Universities
  • Project Service Design Services
  • StatusCompleted 2007
  • ArchitectSink Combs Dethlefs


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Colorado School of Mines – Student Recreation Center

Golden, CO

Experiencing a tremendous growth in student enrollment, the Colorado School of Mines’ mission is: to maintain the highest academic standards and keep pace with facility and programming needs to promote good health, wellness, personal development, and Ore Digger student-athlete challenges.

The school commissioned Counsilman-Hunsaker in association with Sink Combs Dethlefs to design a state-of-the-art natatorium for the school’s new three-level 108,000 sq. ft. Student Recreation Center.

The aquatic center’s main goal was designed to capture both competition and recreation programming activities.
Components of the natatorium include:

  • 25-yard pool with eight lap lanes
  • 1 and 3-meter springboard diving boards
  • 14 person whirlpool spa in the shape of the Mines spherical tetrahedron

Other programming spaces include an elevated running track; competition gymnasium with seating for 2,500 spectators; multi-purpose gymnasium; climbing wall; fitness center; student and team locker rooms; juice bar; student lounges; multi-purpose rooms; and administrative offices.

Design Awards and Publications:

  • 2009 – ‘Architectural Showcase’ – Athletic Business magazine
  • 2009 – ‘Outstanding Sports Facilities’ Award – National Intramural Recreational – Sports Association (NIRSA)
  • 2008 – ‘Innovative Architecture & Design’ Award Recreation Management magazine
  • 2007 – ‘Gold Hard Hat’ Award – Colorado Construction magazine