The McDowell Mountain Ranch Park & Aquatic Center was designed with respect and sensitivity to its location. The design process included a Municipal Use Master Plan and encouraged broad community involvement in the planning and design phase. A series of community meetings were held to gather community input during the programming phase and then presented conceptual designs for input prior to finalizing the Master Plan.
Architect: Weddle Gilmore Black Rock Studio
Location: 15525 N. Thompson Peak Parkway Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Project Architect: Philip Weddle, AIA, LEED AP
Landscape Architect: JJR | Floor
General Contractor: Ry-Tan Construction
Structural Engineer: Rudow + Berry Structural Engineers
Electrical Engineer: Wright Engineering Corporation
Mechanical Engineer: Kunka Engineering
Civil Engineer: Kland Engineering
Project Area: 24,000 sqf
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Bill Timmerman, Chris Brown
The design of this municipal facility was organized around a significant existing desert arroyo and views to the McDowell Mountains. The exterior forms of the Center are derived from the angular forms of the mountains blending the structures into the desert site. Natural daylighting and ventilation is utilized throughout the facility providing strong indoor / outdoor connectivity.
The 24,000 sqf facility consists of a community room, fitness center, dance & aerobics, three outdoor pools and a skate park. The programs and drop-in activities provide a wide range of options for all user age groups creating a truly multi-generational community center.
The translucent art wall that was developed in association with Seattle artist Norie Sato acts as a focal point for the axis of the main entry for the center. It creates a play of light and color that is active throughout the day and into the evening.