May 30, 2018


COMMERCE CITY, COLO. (May 25, 2018) – The City of Commerce City – with Pinkard Construction and Perkins + Will Global – held a grand opening celebration for the new Bison Ridge Recreation Center on Friday. Festivities included opening remarks by Mayor Sean Ford and other team members, free hot dogs, facility tours and demonstrations, a basketball skills challenge, rubber duck races, open swim, and other activities showcasing the new center.

 “Residents told us what they wanted in the new recreation center and today that vision is a reality,” said Mayor Sean Ford. “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 years to come.”

The City anticipated hosting upwards to 1,000 visitors, and by all accounts, the estimate was conservative. The parking lots filled quickly, and visitors had to park blocks away and walk in. All 1,000 free hot dogs were quickly gobbled up by the enthusiastic crowds.

The fourth project in the city’s voter-approved capital improvement program, Bison Ridge Recreation Center is a 108,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility at 13905 E. 112th Avenue with an indoor pool, multi-court gymnasium with an elevated walking/jogging track, a nearly 10,000 square foot gymnastics area, weights/fitness area, dance/aerobics studio, rooftop fitness deck, a 300-person community room, and the largest collection of public art sculptures in the city.

The new center’s design honors the pastoral nature of the site – gabled roofs identify the key program spaces – community rooms, gymnasium, natatorium, and gymnastics studio. Pictured as a prairie gateway, the building is prominent and visible to many adjacent thoroughfares. Natural stone, wood paneling, and standing seam metal panels envelope the building, and exterior materials continue into the interior of the building, generating an openness magnified by the two-level entry lobby.  The lobby includes a fireplace and causal lounge area, which has visual access to the building activity zones.  The gable forms of gymnasium, natatorium and gymnastics studio are individually oriented to focus on specific views while taking advantage of natural light.

“This type of project doesn’t happen without a great team of city staff, members, and design and construction professionals,” said Delilah Collins, member of the Capital Improvements Projects Citizen Advisory Committee.

While the rec center’s original scope and budget grew by nearly 40%, the targeted spring opening date did not change. As CM/GC, Pinkard Construction worked in a strong teaming relationship with the owner/ architect team to find creative ways to fit the growing scope into an unbending schedule. This collaboration allowed for a timely start and an efficient construction phase, culminating with the on-time grand opening.

The new recreation center is one of five projects in Commerce City’s capital improvement program, made possible from a 2013 voter-approved, 1-percent sales and use tax for new parks, recreation and road projects. View more information about the city’s capital improvement program at




As the state’s third-fastest growing community, Commerce City is redefining itself for the next generation, building on historic values of community, industry, agriculture and family. Centrally located along Colorado’s bustling Front Range, Commerce City is a Quality Community for a Lifetime, with 25 miles of trails, a championship golf course, 840 acres of open space and parks, one of the country’s largest soccer complexes and the nation’s largest urban wildlife refuge. Learn more at



Commerce City’s capital improvement program is made possible from a 2013 voter-approved, 1-percent sales and use tax increase for new parks, recreation and road projects. Through participation from residents, business and city council, the city’s vision of a Quality Community for a Lifetime can be realized with improved mobility, greater access and increased recreational opportunities. The City is committed to completing the last of the five projects by Jan. 1, 2019. Learn more at or 303-C3-WORKS (303-239-6757).



With 60 pools and 57 recreation, sports, and wellness centers, Pinkard Construction is THE leader in Colorado recreation construction. For more information, please contact Jim Mellor at 303.986.4555 or visit our website at