Centennial Commons Renovation and Addition

Centennial Commons Renovation and Addition

University City, MO

Project Description

Acomplex assembly of new and old, with focus on a forgotten park, the Centennial Commons renovation and addition introduces a gymnasium with an elevated track, meeting rooms, a children’s activity space and a larger fitness center to a facility that has seen multiple additions dating back to 1920.

The main objective was to utilize as much non-programmed existing space in the new development as possible, requiring limited new construction and keeping the overall building footprint compact to minimize impact on the city’s park. One major challenge involved integrating multiple building additions of various architectural character. A second challenge resulted from a requirement that the latest addition be built at an elevation four feet higher than the existing facility — which was built in a floodplain — without visually overpowering the original building.

The new floor plan includes a relocated main entrance focusing on a historic fountain, which serves as a scenic backdrop for the city’s summer concert series. This entrance space leads to the fitness center area, located between new and renovated spaces, and serves as the functional core of the building. A glass wall opposite the entry provides additional views to the park’s activity areas. The smaller masses of new program spaces are similar in scale to the existing building, decreasing the visual impact of the large gymnasium positioned at the rear of the facility. Brick, colored masonry, metal and stucco on the smaller building masses match existing facility materials while highlighting accent walls.

Exterior materials and colors are carried into the lobby and fitness center core through the use of stained concrete floors, masonry walls and complementary paint colors.


Project Details

Architect: Jacobs Facilities Inc.; St. Louis, Mo.
Programming/Operational Consultant: Ballard*King & Associates; Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Construction Cost: $5 million
Square Feet: 60,600
Occupancy: December 2005

Aerobics Flooring: Gerflor

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Aalco Manufacturing Co.

Basketball Surfaces: Action Floor Systems LLC

Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic Equipment

Elliptical Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Elliptical Equipment: Precor Inc.

Entertainment Systems: BroadcastVision Entertainment

Ergometers: SCIFIT Systems Inc.

Exercise Balls: SPRI Products Inc.

Fitness Center Flooring: Everlast Performance Flooring

Free Weight Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Lockers: Republic Storage Systems Co.

Rowers: Concept2 Inc.

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Stair Climbers: Cybex International Inc.

Stationary Bikes: Cybex International Inc.

Strength Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Surface: FieldTurf Tarkett

Track Surfaces: Action Floor Systems LLC

Treadmills: Cybex International Inc.

Treadmills: True Fitness Technology

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Aalco Manufacturing Co.

Wall Padding: Aalco Manufacturing Co.


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