06 Apr David Sprague Retiring After 30 Years With OLC
David Sprague Retiring After 30 Years With OLC
As a design Architect, David Sprague has devoted his career to a quest to provide the optimal recreational experience for end users through great design. His influence on recreational design is evident in projects in 16 states, and 3 international locations. This year, we say “see you later” and “thank you” to David as he enters retirement after giving his past 30 years to OLC.
Retirement is a time for reflection, a time to look back at your career and the projects that have made a lasting impact. For architect, David Sprague, his favorite project with OLC was the Campbell County Recreation Center, a project that not only had a great budget but also an owner who was visionary and collaborative beyond compare. The project was a rousing success, enhancing the community’s identity, lifestyle, and providing multiple user experiences that went beyond expectations. Great relationships and friendships were forged during the project, relationships that last to this day.
After working with OLC for 30 years, this architect/designer found the perfect fit for his experience and interests in the transformative power of recreation. What he loved about working with OLC was the opportunity to work with great people, from the design side, ownership, and construction end, building great relationships along the way.
Now that retirement is here, this architect/designer has many plans to keep him creatively challenged. Over the last eight years, he has turned his attention to oil painting, going back to his roots in commercial illustration. While it may never be more than a hobby, he’s getting better with each canvas. Traveling is also on the agenda, as is volunteering more at his church, and spending more time with his kids. Retirement is a time to do the things you love and be with the people you care about.
Reflecting back on his career, there are many fond memories, from teaching his daughters to swim at the Trails Recreation Center (an early public recreation center in OLC’s portfolio), to seeing the Orlando Magic Sports Plex after being away for 10 years buzzing with activity, to visiting Tokyo and being shown all over the city, to being in Laramie, Wyoming, for the grand opening of a recreation center that people never thought they could have. “What other career could I ever have pursued that would bring as much joy as these experiences?” David says. The architect/designer has impacted many lives during his career, and retirement is just the beginning of a new adventure.