LAKEWOOD, COLO. — The City of Thornton, with Pinkard Construction and Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative (OLC), has begun renovations of the Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center.  

The completed facility will include a new six-lane lap pool with an adjacent aqua-exercise pool, a wave pool with a lazy river and bubble pit, an activity pool with zero-depth entry, play structure, geysers, and sprays, a water slide, and a 20-person therapeutic hydro-jet spa. The universal locker room expansion will better serve families and individuals with special needs, increasing accessibility for all. 

The recreation center will remain open to the public throughout construction. To ensure guest and staff safety, and minimize impacts to daily operation, Pinkard is implementing special safety and operational protocols learned from their 42 recreation centers and 60 pools constructed along the Colorado Front Range.  

The newly renovated recreation center will total 11,873 square feet, with an estimated design and construction cost of $13 million. Construction is expected to complete in the fall of 2021.  


OLC (Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative) is an international architectural firm, founded in 1961 and headquartered in Denver with offices in Columbus, Orlando, Tokyo, and Cairo. OLC has designed projects in 47 states and 11 countries. We are committed, enthusiastic, and driven to deliver stellar architecture, interior, and aquatic design. In addition to our expertise with athletic, fitness, and wellness facilities, we have broad experience in healthcare, hospitality, and other commercial building types. We like to say that everyone can Get Well, Be Well, Stay Well and Live Well, all in an OLC-designed facility. For more information, visit