Metal Architecture Home

Sports & Recreation

Two buildings construct community center

Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture connected two metal building systems for Bentonville Community Center in Bentonville, Ark.Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture connected two metal building systems for Bentonville Community Center in Bentonville, Ark. The main building and pool building were not structurally tied together, but were joined by one large firewall. A 45-foot-tall, freestanding block wall divides them to prevent leaks and to allow for movement of the separate structures and walls.

For the 82,700-square-foot project, Varco Pruden Buildings supplied its clear-span Rigid Frame system and SSR standing seam roof system in Cool Leaf Green. The community center's exterior was built with textured metal wall panels, brick and stone. Varco Pruden Buildings supplied TextureClad metal wall panels and ThermalClad metal wall panels, both in Medium Beige.

The aquatics structure was designed to accommodate high levels of humidity and chlorinated water. The pool area was sealed to prevent leaks. The use of proper fasteners was essential. All building components in the pool area were stainless steel or painted to avoid corrosion.

Bentonville Community Center was completed in April 2015 and features a mezzanine with running track, basketball court with running track, cardio and resistance area, free-weight area and aerobic and dance studio. It has an eight-lane competition pool, two, 1-meter diving boards and 3-meter diving board. Additionally, there is a zero-depth entry leisure pool, lazy river with water splash structure, two-story slide, stage and lounges.

Owner: City of Bentonville, Ark.
Architect: Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture, Denver, brsarch.com
General contractor: Crossland Construction Co. Inc., Rogers, Ark., www.crossland.com
Metal building system: Varco Pruden Buildings, Memphis, Tenn., www.vp.com