Northridge Recreation Center recently underwent an extensive renovation to update the facility, which is the oldest of the four recreation centers in Highlands Ranch. Now, it’s the Tennis …
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Northridge Recreation Center recently underwent an extensive renovation to update the facility, which is the oldest of the four recreation centers in Highlands Ranch.
Now, it’s the Tennis Pavilion’s turn.
“Personally, I think it’s going to be awesome when it gets done,” said Michael Shellman, tennis team leader at the Highlands Ranch Community Association. “It’s just going to be better.”
The Tennis Pavilion is a massive white bubble that sits east of the rec center, next to Broadway. It originally opened in January 2000 with six indoor and five outdoor, lighted tennis courts. On an average day, the facility gets about 300 to 400 players from ages 5 to 90, Shellman said.
The original structure was built with a fabric cover to provide players with basic protection from wind and rain, according to Ken Joseph, operations and programs director at the Highlands Ranch Community Association.
In the winter, Joseph said, the old facility only got about 15 degrees warmer than the outside because of its “tent-like membrane and lack of insulation.”
“Thus, the Tennis Pavilion could be uncomfortably cold on a frigid winter day,” Joseph said in an email correspondence. “Due to the age, wear and tear, and overall deterioration of the membrane fabric over the past many years, it was necessary to replace it.”
Phase one of the upgrade was re-skinning the entire structure with an architectural-grade coated membrane. Completed in fall of 2017, the cost was $330,000.
With a $761,000 budget, phase two includes glass roll-up doors — similar to garage doors — installed in March on the west and east ends of the facility.
In June, thermal equalizers were placed on the ceiling to level the air temperature and improve energy efficiency in the facility, Joseph said. Insulation with a high-gloss white polyester backing is in the process of being installed, which will enhance the facility’s acoustics and lighting. The tennis courts will soon be repurposed.
The improvements should make the facility cooler in the summer and warmer in the colder months, Joseph said. Construction is expected to finish in mid-August. Crews are working from 8 p.m. through 6 a.m., Monday through Friday, which allows the facility to remain open during the day.
Plans also call for an upgrade of the facility’s outdated lobby and office.
“New offices will be built with high-impact, full-length glass allowing staff to better see the tennis courts,” said Joseph. Construction is scheduled to start mid-August and be completed by mid-October.
Shellman hopes the renovation preserves the pavilion for another 20 years. He started playing tennis as a child in Littleton and enjoys the sport’s physical and mental challenges.
“I think we are pretty unique to the area,” he said of the Tennis Pavilion.
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