United Companies Wins Excellence in Concrete Award for its Work on the Montrose Community Recreation Center

May 16, 2017


The inspiration for this beautiful project came from its location in the Black Canyon of Gunnison, Colorado. The exterior detail of the community center resembles that of the Black Canyon with the beautiful reds and browns flowing into each other in a geometric pattern making it the centerpiece of the community.

The Montrose Community Recreation Center project began in April 2014. The project consisted of pile caps, grade beams, two-sided tilt-up walls, slab on grade, and slab on deck, flatwork, shotcrete and self-consolidating concrete. The interior of the facility includes areas for fitness, sporting, and aquatic recreation and the exterior design of the building appears to have a tri-tone look despite using only one color and one mix design.

The shell of the CRC is 4500 PSI air entrained concrete. The tilt-up wall panels are insulated with a rigid insulation call Thermomass and are eight inches thick with a three-inch rigid insulation sandwiched by the three inches thick colored exterior concrete face for a total of 14-inches. These walls allow for improved energy efficiency as well as a reduced cost by omitting colored concrete where it will not be seen.

The aquatic center features three shocreted swimming areas: a 5500 square foot leisure pool, a ten lane, 25 yards by eight lanes 25-meter competitive pool as well as a lazy river. The lazy river indoor play area features an indoor/outdoor water slide with a 27 foot SCC slide column that doubles as a support for a formed spiral staircase to the top of the slide. Tilt-up walls surround the three gymnasiums, elevated walking track, and aquatic areas. Outside is a 200 cubic yard tennis/pickle ball court.

“Because of the diversity of the project scope, four different placement contractors worked on the project, utilizing eighteen different mix designs between them,” said Holly Martin, Quality Control Supervisor. “With teamwork, we were able to complete the project on time and under budget.”

  • Montrose Community Recreation Center Entrance
  • Montrose Community Recreation Center Exterior
  • Montrose Community Recreation Center Aquatic Center
  • Montrose Community Recreation Center Competitive Pool
  • Montrose Community Recreation Center Basketball Court
  • Montrose Community Recreation Center
  • Montrose Community Recreation Center
  • Montrose Community Recreation Center Spiral Staircase/Support Column
  • Montrose Community Recreation Center Exterior Concrete
  • Montrose Community Recreation Center
  • Montrose Community Recreation Center
  • Montrose Community Recreation Center
  • Montrose Community Recreation Center
  • Montrose Community Recreation Center Lazy River
  • Montrose Community Recreation Center
  • Montrose Community Recreation Center
  • Montrose Community Recreation Center