Old Dominion University Recreation Center
Year in Showcase: 2010
The Old Dominion University Recreation Center project involved the demolition of most of an existing field house and the creation of a state-of-the-art recreation facility built around the existing natatorium. Plan efficiency was achieved with a central “main street” — highlighted by interspersed skylights — that connects and unifies the facility’s major activity spaces. A number of large interior windows and open spaces allow activities to be visible to pedestrians outside. The “main street” also includes built-in wood benches along the perimeter for socializing and downtime.
Along with the existing natatorium and locker rooms, the facility contains a two-story climbing wall near the main entrance, with skylights providing natural illumination for climbers. An elevated jogging track passes by a three-court open gymnasium and a multipurpose activity court. Other amenities include a 15,000-square-foot fitness center, a juice bar, high-ceilinged group exercise studios, a three-tiered group cycling studio, three racquetball courts, a multipurpose court, classrooms, office space, conference rooms and specialized research laboratories.
A large, curved glass-wall facade ties the facility to a nearby convocation center while making activity areas visible to students outside.
Associate Architect: Hastings & Chivetta Architects Inc.; St. Louis, Mo.
Architect of Record: Moseley Architects; Virginia Beach, Va.
Construction Cost: $23.5 million
Square Feet: 152,000
Occupancy: March 2009
Acoustical Ceiling Panels: Usg Interiors
Basketball: Aacer Flooring Llc
Nicros Inc. Climbing Wall Systems
Divider Curtains: Performance Sports Systems
Flooring, Aerobics: Aacer Flooring Llc
Flooring, Fitness Center: Key Resin Company
Multipurpose: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Racquetball/Squash Courts: Aacer Flooring Llc
Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Nevco Inc.
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Partition Systems Inc.
Track: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Wall Padding: Gared Sports