Facilities of Merit 2014: Auburn University Recreation and Wellness Center
Auburn University Recreation and Wellness CenterAuburn, AL
Year in Showcase: 2014
Conceived to re-create the “neighborhood” feel of the Auburn University campus with its many interconnected quads, the new Recreation and Wellness Center is designed to offer an experience that is both collective and individualized. The central core of the 240,000-square-foot building — a large, two-story fitness atrium — utilizes various design touches that either provide physical separation of fitness spaces or merely suggest it.
The building’s primary unifying feature and signature element is the Auburn-red walking/jogging track. Presumed to be the country’s longest indoor jogging track at one-third of a mile, Auburn’s track is notable for offering its users different choices of routes — it winds its way through the atrium and is suspended above separate two- and four-court gyms — and, especially, its corkscrew configuration around the atrium’s climbing tower. To achieve the crossover, the track ramps up and then down, providing joggers with an opportunity for interval training.
Fitness studios occupy their own footprint as part of the “tower of fitness” that marks the building’s entry. Above the covered building entry and an open mezzanine level arrayed with cardio equipment, the cardio tower complements the campus’s historic context of towers and steeples. Each level provides separate fitness spaces, including circuit training (second level), suspension training (third level), group cycling (fourth level) and a yoga studio on the top floor. In a dramatic design touch, the yoga studio is outfitted with hangar windows that fold up at the press of a button, allowing for the studio to be completely open to outside air.
Project DetailsArchitect: 360 Architecture; Kansas City, MO
Construction Manager: Robins & Morton
Aquatic Design Engineer: Counsilman-Hunsaker
Construction Cost: $54 Million
Square Feet: 240,000
Occupancy: August 2013
Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Precor
Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Cybex
Fitness Center - Climbing Walls: Entre-Prises Climbing Walls
Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: Connor Sports
Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo
Fitness Center - Free Weight Equipment: GP Industries
Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: Cybex International Inc.
Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Cybex International Inc.
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Draper Inc.
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains: Draper Inc.
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Folding Chairs: Matrix Fitness
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Lithonia Lighting
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Sound Systems: AVI-SPL
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards: Sports Imports
Indoor Soccer/Inline Rinks - Dashers: Sports Systems Unlimited
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Connor Sports
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose: Mondo
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Racquetball/Squash Courts: Connor Sports
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track: Mondo
Laundry - Dryers: UniMac
Laundry - Washers: UniMac
Locker/Shower - Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.
Locker/Shower - Lockers: Hollman Lockers & Courts Inc.
Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: Scranton Products
Pools - Chemical Control Systems: Clortec
Pools - Cleaners/Vacuums: Spectrum Aquatics
Pools - Climbing Walls: AquaClimb
Pools - Deck/Basin Surface: Diamond Brite
Pools - Deck/Basin Surface: Dal-Tile Corp.
Pools - Diving Boards: Duraflex Int'l Corp.
Pools - Filtration Systems: Neptune-Benson Inc.
Pools - Ladders/Grab Bars: Spectrum Aquatics
Pools - Lane Markers: Competitor Swim
Racquetball/Squash Courts - Court Panels/Glass Walls: Hollman Lockers & Courts Inc.