Firstenburg Community Center

Project Type:
Community Recreation
Vancouver, Washington

The Firstenburg Community Center, named in recognition of a $3 million donation from First Independent Bank founders Ed and Mary Firstenburg, is an 80,000-square-foot, multi-use facility that combines both recreational and community spaces and caters to all ages and abilities.

Designed to achieve a LEED certification, it was the first community center in the Pacific Northwest to be LEED Gold-certified. The Firstenburg Community Center creates an enduring model of environmentally responsible civic architecture and a source of pride for the city of Vancouver. The facility demonstrates the benefits and beauty of successful green design––practices that significantly reduce or eliminate the negative impact of buildings on the environment––and sets the stage for other green public buildings.

In addition to the indoor leisure pool with a spa and outdoor spray ground, the facility offers a two-court gymnasium, cardio and weight room, indoor track, aerobics dance studios, a child care room, a teen lounge and game room, a senior lounge and resource room, a juice bar and deli and multi-purpose activity rooms.

Project Highlights
  • 4,975-square-foot indoor leisure pool: 1 body slide with plunge pool area, Current channel with vortex and bubble bench
  • Kiddie pool area: SCS gadgets & gizmos, 2 empex water bikes, 3 geysers
  • Therapeutic lap pool area: 3 lap lanes, Handicap lift, 187-square-foot, 2,450-gallon indoor whirlpool
  • 692-square-foot outdoor water spray pad: 8 geysers, Vortex spout spray and cylinder spray, 4 Vortex angle twisters, 1 Vortex misty arch, 1 Vortex twister

U.S. Green Building Council LEED® Gold Certification

Facility of Merit Award Winner Athletic Business, December 2007

Spotlight Design Award, Washington Recreation & Parks Association, 2007

Architectural Showcase Feature Athletic Business, June 2007

Community Pride Design Award, Clark County and the City of Vancouver, November 2006

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