Facilities of Merit 2007: The Ohio State University
The Ohio State UniversityColumbus, OH
Year in Showcase: 2007
Designed to serve a campus population of more than 75,000 students, faculty and staff, the Recreation and Physical Activity Center ? or RPAC ? offers an incredible 568,380 square feet of space. To break up the mass of this potentially overpowering building, it was designed to look like several smaller structures more in scale with the campus. These "buildings" are sculptural in form, with sloping roofs over the two natatoriums and floor setbacks at upper levels of the other structures.
The judges were most impressed with the design team?s solution to the problem of orientation and circulation in a facility of such magnitude ? the creation of an outdoor pedestrian plaza above occupied space that allows entry into the facility at its center. Once inside, the layout resembles a pinwheel, with gyms, fitness space, multipurpose rooms, locker rooms, the child-care room, the competition pool and the game room all easily accessible. Floor openings allow views to the upper levels, where an upper gym, more multipurpose rooms, racquetball courts and the track are visible.
Interspacial relationships and their interaction
with site topography and circulation
patterns make the building come alive.
— John Linstaedt
A creative answer to the challenge of multiple large-volume spaces.
— David Body
The expression and detailing are very consistent throughout this extremely large project.
— Tom Scarlata
Project DetailsArchitect: Moody
DESIGN ARCHITECT : Antoine Predock Architect - Albuquerque, N.M.
AQUATIC DESIGN ENGINEER: Counsilman
PROGRAMMING/OPERATIONAL CONSULTANT: Hastings & Chivetta Architects Inc. - St. Louis, Mo.
Funded by: Student fees, state funds
Major facility components: Gymnasiums, track, natatorium, fitness center, racquetball/squash courts, multipurpose rooms, locker rooms, athletic training room, wellness center, juice bar, caf_, child-care room, game room
Construction Cost: $117.6 million
Square Feet: 568,380
Occupancy: September 2005
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.
Bleachers: Bleachers International Inc.
Bulkheads: Stark Bulkhead Co.
Chemical Control Systems: Chemtrol, Div. of Santa Barbara Control Systems
Cleaners/Vacuums: Aqua Products Inc.
Court Panels/Glass: Anderson Courts and Sports Surfaces Inc.
Court Panels/Glass: Hollman Inc.
Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.
Elliptical Equipment: Precor Incorporated
Elliptical Equipment: Life Fitness
Filters: Neptune-Benson Inc.
Floor Covers: Coversports USA
Floor Finishes: Connor Sports Flooring
Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.
Flooring, Aerobics: Connor Sports Flooring
Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo
Free Weight Equipment: Cybex International Inc.
Gutters: Neptune-Benson Inc.
Lighting: Musco Lighting
Lockers: Lyon Workspace Products
Rowers: Concept2 Inc.
Saunas/Whirlpools: Finlandia/Harvia Sauna Products
Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Colorado Time & Colorado Display Systems
Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Nevco Scoreboard Company
Stair Climbers: Precor Incorporated
Starting Blocks: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair
Stationary Bikes: Star Trac
Strength Equipment: FreeMotion Fitness
Strength Equipment: Cybex International Inc.
Surface: ASB America
Surface: Connor Sports Flooring
Surfaces, Basketball: Connor Sports Flooring
Surfaces, Track: Mondo
Swimsuit Dryer: Extractor Corp.
Treadmills: Star Trac
Water Play Features: NBGS International Inc.