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Posted on: May 17, 2017

Community Center Planning

Dear Cordillera Property Owners,  

A strategic planning session was held Tuesday, March 28, after a half-day tour of other recreation and community facilities in the valley on Monday, March 27. The planning session focused on objectives to enhance the vibrancy and vitality of the community.  

As a result of the session, both boards unanimously decided to initiate a planning and development process and feasibility study for a centralized community center that would serve as a multiuse, focal point at the entrance of our community. We anticipate a robust, fast-paced and engaging process that builds on the strategic initiatives the boards and communities have developed previously and simultaneously anticipates the needs and interest of the current and new homeowners in Cordillera for generations to come.  

April 28, both boards approved retaining Goulding Development Advisors (GDA) and Davis Partnership Architects (Davis). Todd Goulding, will serve as CMD and CPOA independent owners representative. GDA was selected as the owner representative for the 2016 Athletic Center at Cordillera renovation, and has worked with numerous other special districts and municipalities such as Beaver Creek Metropolitan District, Eagle River Fire Protection District, Eagle River Water and Sanitation District and Berry Creek Metropolitan District. GDA provides turnkey project management services for owners and developers.  

Davis will conduct land planning and schematic design for a centralized, premier Cordillera community center. Davis is one of Colorado’s largest and most broadly capable design firms, offering services in architecture, landscape architecture, master planning, interior design, signage design and architectural research. Davis is committed to a collaborative multidisciplinary process that integrates the building, its site, interiors and signage into a single, coordinated and expressive solution. Davis specializes in a wide variety of project types, including community centers, office, health care, higher education, multifamily residential, hospitality, mixed-use, sports and recreation, research and civic projects. 

May 16, GDA and Davis Partnerships facilitated an introductory session for board and community members to see examples of similar existing facilities throughout the nation to initiate a feedback process that informs planning and design. In addition, a draft project schedule was reviewed and is currently being refined to accomplish the key deliverables of the planning process.  Potential objectives for a centralized community center include:

  • Increasing engagement and sense of community 
  • Providing opportunities for socialization 
  • Promoting health and wellness 
  • Increasing real estate values and demand
  • Ensuring financial sustainability 
  • Offering flexibility for future needs (youth engagement and activity; service and program changes) 
  • Stewarding current assets and natural environment 
  • Providing premier services 
  • Maximizing location and proximity 

 Initial programming, services and facility ideas include but are not limited to the following:

  • Athletic Center 
    • Indoor/outdoor pools, spa and kiddie pool
    • Cardio and equipment
    • Indoor and outdoor classrooms
    • Indoor walking/running track
    • Indoor tennis/pickleball courts
    • Golf simulator
    • Locker rooms
    • Potential: daycare, ice rink, bocce ball, climbing wall, community garden
  • Community Center 
    • Restaurant/Café/Bar
    • Space for bridge, book clubs, social gatherings, etc.
    • Outdoor space and auditorium for concerts and events
    • Partnership opportunities/services with external organizations (colocation; WECMRD, Howard Head, Real Estate Office, etc.)
    • Shuttle services
    • Potential: summer kids camp, dog park
  • Business Operations 
    • Post office
    • Front desk
    • Meeting rooms
    • Potential: administration offices
  • Other uses based on trends, research and recommendations 

 GDA and Davis key deliverables include, but are not limited to: 

  • Outreach to the community via communications, open houses and board meetings 
  • Research other existing community centers 
  • Research existing facility redevelopment options 
  • Define facility scope, scale and uses (Vision) 
  • Refine owner’s program 
  • Scope site options 
  • Develop schematic designs 
  • Develop a financial plan, feasibility analysis and research and analysis 
  • Executive summary including description of the study process and methodology, data gathering techniques, findings and outcomes 
  • Project report including programming, community outreach, graphics/renderings, development options, implementation schedule and cost estimates (hard costs not included) 

The boards and consultants look forward to having information and a conceptual design for the community to review and provide feedback in early July. As work progresses, email updates will be sent electronically in Cordillera Connection and can be found on the website at  If you have any questions or comments please feel free to reach out to Rachel Oys and CMD and CPOA board members. Specific comments can be emailed to:   

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