Common GroundElkhorn, NE 2008
As a community center joint venture between the City of Elkhorn and the Elkhorn Public Schools District, Common Ground provides the area’s expanding population with drop-in recreational activities, instructional programming and special event rental opportunities.
The major design concept for the facility was one of “resistance,” executed through structural tension and compression. The stairs emphasize the idea of resistance while the track wraps the workout area (compression). The central atrium serves as the facility’s visual hub while physically separating the pool, gyms and workout spaces. The pool, multiuse and childcare spaces are located in front of the control desk to facilitate school and other non-member functions without interfering with membership activities beyond the control point. The jogging track cantilevers out from the main structure to optimize track length while providing a variety of interior and exterior views. Clear glazing was used at sightlines and Solera glazing was used high and low to allow for diffused daylighting with minimal heat gain. Mullion patterns create the cadence of jogging along the track.
Sharing a mixture of materials between the school district’s high school and the city’s library, the building’s exterior contributes to a sense of community. Brick masonry color from the neighboring facilities was integrated within precast wall panels, while the horizontal nature of the design further emphasizes a connection with its surroundings.
Project DetailsArchitect: RDG Planning & Design; Des Moines, Iowa; Omaha, Nebraska
PROGRAMMING/OPERATIONAL CONSULTANT: Ballard*King and Associates Highlands Ranch, Colo.
AQUATIC DESIGN ENGINEER: Counsilman-Hunsaker St. Louis, Mo.
Construction Cost: $7.1 million
Square Feet: 65,000
Occupancy: August 2005
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.
Bleachers: Southern Bleacher Co.
Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.
Elliptical Equipment: Precor Incorporated
Elliptical Equipment: SportsArt Fitness
Filters: Neptune-Benson Inc.
Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.
Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Flooring, Fitness Center: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Lockers: Lyon Workspace Products
Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Colorado Time & Colorado Display Systems
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Accurate Partitions Corp.
Stair Climbers: StairMaster Health & Fitness Products Inc.
Strength Equipment: Hammer Strength
Strength Equipment: Cybex International Inc.
Surfaces, Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Surfaces, Track: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Swimsuit Dryer: Extractor Corp.
Volleyball Nets and Standards: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.
Washers: Pellerin Milnor Corp.