RRMM is celebrating Park and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) to highlight the powerful role parks and recreation have on our daily lives. Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. From providing places to play, get fit and stay healthy to fostering new relationships, RRMM is committed to designing community and recreational facilities that provide essential services and improve quality of life.
North Laurel Park and Recreation Center in Howard County, Maryland was designed by our Arlington office, RRMM Lukmire Architects. The 60,000 SF recreation center, certified LEED® Silver, is the size of two football fields and divided into zones to separate active, acoustically-loud activities from more passive activities. The active zone includes a 14,000 SF gymnasium, dance studio, weight room, child care center and locker rooms. Activity rooms, a multipurpose room, a senior center, and the health department are located in the passive zone. A unique feature to North Laurel Park and Recreation Center is the addition of a skate park. RRMM Lukmire held community meetings to discuss project goals and design options. Among the community participants were a group of teenagers who urged for a skate park. The group was brought in separately, and together with a skate park design expert, a skate park was developed that the “special interest group” enthusiastically endorsed.
In Fairfax, Virginia, RRMM Lukmire designed the Providence Community Center, which was awarded the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Service’s Award of Excellence for Building Design and Construction. The facility, which achieved a LEED® Gold Certification, consists of 32,000 SF of program space. Functions include meeting rooms, an exercise room, game room, commercial kitchen, satellite police office, a large gymnasium and the offices for the Board of Supervisors in that district. The facility also includes a sensory room, a relaxing and calm environment that offers a variety of sights, sounds, and interactive elements that promote engagement and development, especially for young children and individuals with disabilities. Crisp modern materials and colors help the building stand out as a community gathering place.
Another large RRMM Lukmire community center project, Charles Houston Recreation Center, is a replacement for a previous facility that did not meet the needs of the community. The design team worked with the surrounding neighborhood and the Department of Parks and Recreation to develop a building program, prepare optional design solutions and gain community approval. The new 35,000 SF facility, located in the Parker Grey Historic District of Alexandria, Virginia, is LEED® Gold Certified and features a gymnasium, multi-purpose activity rooms, senior center, preschool classrooms, boxing ring and an outdoor pool.
“Community centers provide a safe place for residents to meet friends, participate in lifelong learning opportunities, and reflect our commitment to enhancing our quality of life,” says Greg Lukmire, President of the Northern Region.
RRMM Lukmire has also finished the designs for the renovations and additions to Vienna Community Center and McLean Community Center, which are currently under construction.
About the National Recreation and Park Association
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation, and social equity. Through its network of nearly 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org. To learn more about Park and Recreation Month, visit www.nrpa.org/July
About RRMM Architects
RRMM Architects is an award-winning, full-service architecture, planning and interior design firm in Chesapeake, Virginia with offices in Richmond, Roanoke and Arlington. Founded in 1988, the firm was recognized by Virginia Business Magazine as the largest architecture-based firm in the Commonwealth of Virginia. RRMM is committed to client success and to their mission of creating great places to live, work, play and learn.
RRMM Lukmire is the new entity created in 2016 by the merger of RRMM Architects and The Lukmire Partnership Architects, which had both been in business for over 28 years. Staff from The Lukmire Partnership continue to serve clients in the Mid-Atlantic region but with increased support and experience from other offices when needed.
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