Building on our existing relationship, the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District (WECMRD) selected Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture to complete a feasibility study and full design services for the new fieldhouse to serve the residents of Edwards and Eagle County, Colorado. The fieldhouse is located within the heart of the Miller Ranch development in Freedom Park, placing it within short walking distance of neighborhoods and schools attended by over 2,000 children and teenagers. The project is the first large-scale public/commercial building to complete Eagle County’s ECO-Build commercial program, which promotes energy- and material-efficient building design and construction practices. The project includes a 1,600-s.f. solar wall that harnesses the power of the sun to preheat air for the building’s heating system, a 20 kW solar photovoltaic array for onsite power generation, extensive natural daylighting, trim and millwork constructed of local “beetle-kill” lumber, and energy-efficient lighting and mechanical control systems. The building is pre-wired for future wind turbines for additional onsite power generation. In addition, the turf field infill incorporates approximately 15,000 shredded and recycled car tires. Exceeding all attendance projections, this facility is the place to be in Edwards!