Southern Methodist University - Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports, Renovation and Expansion

Southern Methodist University - Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports, Renovation and Expansion

Dallas, TX

Project Description

The updated Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports stands in stark contrast to the dungeon-like original facility. From the openness of the brick and cast-stone entrance rotunda to the sun-lit heart of the building anchored by a climbing wall, the center is open, airy and easy to navigate. With dramatic views and well-connected interior spaces, it invites participation and creates a sense of belonging.

The centerpiece of the facility is a 40-foot climbing wall framed by eight 40-foot cherry-wood columns. The interior gymnasiums are surrounded by an indoor jogging track expanded from a narrow and tight-radius configuration. The central stairway provides a grand entry and offers visual access to all areas of the building.

Some of the facility?s architectural highlights include exterior retaining walls that use a cost-effective specialized stone in lieu of limestone to create a variety of clean and natural shadows, an ultraviolet (UV) water treatment system instead of chlorine, and fritted double-glass window panels to divert unwanted heat gain. The facility also sports classic collegiate Georgian architecture as an integral design component and includes a 10,000-square-foot shell for future expansion.


Project Details

Architect: Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford; Ft. Worth, Texas
DESIGN ARCHITECT: RDG Planning & Design - Des Moines, Iowa
AQUATIC DESIGN ENGINEER : CT Brannon Corp. - Tyler, Texas
Construction Cost: $24.14 million
Square Feet: 65,000 (new), 80,000 (renovation)
Occupancy: September 2005 (new), May 2006 (renovation)

Access Ramps/Stairs: Spectrum Aquatics

Bleachers/Grandstands: Draper Inc.

Bleachers/Grandstands: Draper Inc.

Climbing Walls: Entre Prises USA Climbing Walls

Climbing Walls: Entre Prises USA Climbing Walls

Dashers: Becker Arena Products Inc.

Dashers: Becker Arena Products Inc.

Dehumidifiers: Harmsco Inc.

Divider Curtains: Draper Inc.

Divider Curtains: Draper Inc.

Elliptical Equipment: Life Fitness

Elliptical Equipment: Life Fitness

Elliptical Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Elliptical Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Elliptical Equipment: Precor Incorporated

Elliptical Equipment: Precor Incorporated

Filters: Nemato Corp.

Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Free Weight Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Free Weight Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Free Weight Equipment: Quantum Fitness Corp.

Free Weight Equipment: Power Lift

Free Weight Equipment: Power Lift

Free Weight Equipment: Quantum Fitness Corp.

Handicapped Equipment: Superior Swim Systems Inc.

Heaters: Dectron Inc.

Rowers: Concept2 Inc.

Rowers: Concept2 Inc.

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Fair-Play Scoreboards

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Fair-Play Scoreboards

Skylights: Structures Unlimited Inc.

Skylights: Structures Unlimited Inc.

Stationary Bikes: Life Fitness

Stationary Bikes: Life Fitness

Strength Equipment: Life Fitness

Strength Equipment: Life Fitness

Strength Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Strength Equipment: FreeMotion Fitness

Strength Equipment: Quantum Fitness Corp.

Strength Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Strength Equipment: FreeMotion Fitness

Strength Equipment: Quantum Fitness Corp.

Surface: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surface: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surface: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surfaces, Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surfaces, Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surfaces, Multipurpose: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surfaces, Multipurpose: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surfaces, Track: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surfaces, Track: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Swimsuit Dryer: Extractor Corp.

Swimsuit Dryer: Extractor Corp.

Treadmills: Icon Health & Fitness

Treadmills: Star Trac

Treadmills: Star Trac

Treadmills: Icon Health & Fitness

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Sports Imports Inc. (Senoh)

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Sports Imports Inc. (Senoh)


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