Facilities of Merit 2007: Kenyon College - Kenyon Athletic Center
Kenyon College - Kenyon Athletic CenterGambier, OH
Year in Showcase: 2007
Combining a traditional sports program with recreational, academic and social aspects of the collegiate experience, the Kenyon Athletic Center is notable for what one judge called ?a simple and strong expression that carries through on both the exterior and interior.? The center?s smooth exterior of glass and metal over exposed steel evokes a sense of calm, with the sides that dip toward the ground intended to mimic the arc of a ball in play. Inside, a luminous elevator and light sculpture serve as focal points of a town-square-style lobby. Throughout, transparency is balanced against the need to control direct daylight on activity surfaces through the use of fritted and internally baffled glass, north-facing skylights and sun-shading structures.
Judges remarked on the building?s simplicity of both form (one called it a ?field house quality?) and color (conveyed in part by the palette of pure white on the interior). Yet, whatever coolness comes through in the execution of the project, another judge commented, is offset by an abundance of warm, natural light.
An exciting, energetic building with a
fresh look and a forward-thinking image.
With all that you see in three dimensions,
in plan it's a box — great job.
— John Linstaedt
A strong-willed use of transparency in a consistent, rigorous application of various glazing techniques.
— James Meyer
A cohesive architectural statement that maximizes both external and internal transparency.
— David Body
Project DetailsArchitect: Gund Partnership; Cambridge, Mass.
AQUATIC DESIGN ENGINEER: Counsilman
Funded by: Private funds
Major facility components: 50-meter swimming pool, weight room, field house, training rooms, racquet courts, theater and film library, multipurpose rooms, study lounges, offices
Construction Cost: $60 million
Square Feet: 265,000
Occupancy: January 2006
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.
Bleachers/Grandstands: Irwin Seating Co.
Bulkheads: Stark Bulkhead Co.
Chemical Control Systems: Siemens Water Technologies
Cleaners/Vacuums: Aqua Products Inc.
Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.
Field Covers: Sportexe
Filters: Neptune-Benson Inc.
Flooring: Duraflex Int'l Corp.
Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo
Handicapped Equipment: Spectrum Aquatics
Ladders/Grab Bars: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair
Lane Markers: Recreation Supply Co. Inc.
Lockers: Lyon Workspace Products
Sanitization Systems: Arch Chemicals Inc.
Saunas/Whirlpools: McCoy Sauna & Steam
Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Colorado Time & Colorado Display Systems
Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.
Starting Blocks: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair
Surface: Connor Sports Flooring
Surface: Hollman Inc.
Surfaces, Basketball: Connor Sports Flooring
Surfaces, Multipurpose: Connor Sports Flooring
Surfaces, Track: Mondo
Track & Field Equipment: Aluminum Athletic Equipment Co.
Volleyball Nets and Standards: Sports Imports Inc. (Senoh)
Wall Padding: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.