West Chester University Student Recreation Center

West Chester University Student Recreation Center

West Chester, PA

Project Description

This state-of-the-art student recreation center was designed to maximize both student wellness and environmental responsiveness. Each dimension of wellness — physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual and occupational — is physically represented in the etched-stone “Inspiration Word Wall” just inside the main entry. Environmental responsiveness was based on best sustainability practices for this particular project location, such as geothermal systems, abundant natural daylighting, building orientation, and use of high-performance glass and low-VOC building materials.

Located on a prominent northwest corner of the West Chester campus, the student recreation center was built over a one-story parking garage to maximize allowable building site area. The north face of the building is responsive to the character and scale of the adjacent neighborhood. A large active atrium opens to all program elements for strong visual connectivity. The program includes two traditional gym courts, a multi-activity court, two racquetball courts, a multilevel fitness/weights atrium, multipurpose group exercise rooms, an elevated jogging track, a climbing wall and a social lounge featuring a juice bar.


Project Details

Architect: Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc.
Design Architect: Moody Nolan
Construction Cost: $20.5 million
Square Feet: 72,000
Occupancy: September 2012

Building Systems - Skylights: Acurlite

Fitness Center - Climbing Walls: Entre-Prises Climbing Walls

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding: Porter Athletic

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Racquetball/Squash Courts: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Tennis: Action Floor Systems LLC

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Scranton Products

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: Scranton Products

Racquetball/Squash Courts - Court Panels/Glass Walls: Hollman Lockers & Courts Inc.


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