The Health and Fitness Center at Washtenaw Community College
The Health and Fitness Center at Washtenaw Community CollegeAnn Arbor, MI
The Health & Fitness Center at Washtenaw Community College is being hailed as the first LEED Gold certified student health and wellness center in the country. Sustainable design features include automated lighting, salt-treated pool water, and heating and cooling measures that include a reflective white roof, a central boiler that recaptures heat and room monitoring sensors that automatically control temperature.
The first campus student recreation center in school history also welcomes community membership, and the building accommodates each demographic group separately with two entries: one that links directly to the campus and another that features quick access to the childcare center, express lockers and parking lots. One control point serves all members and guests, as do a café, a retail store and classrooms for community meetings and events.
Shades of warm gold and cool green were combined with natural maple and birch wood finishes, creating a light and airy backdrop for recreation center activities. Terra cotta accents and copper metallic forms further enhance key building elements. High-traffic floor surfaces were made of post-industrial recycled porcelain tile, complemented by natural slate borders. Recycled or renewable flooring is also found in fitness areas, the gymnasium, and Pilates, yoga and aerobics studios. Natural light floods the spaces through numerous perimeter windows and a high-tech skylight design.
Project DetailsArchitect: Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative; Denver, Colo.
PROGRAMMING/OPERATIONAL CONSULTANT: Power Wellness Management Marlton, N.J.
Construction Cost: $14.1 million
Square Feet: 76,000
Occupancy: August 2007
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Draper Inc.
Chemical Control Systems: TMI Salt Pure Corp.
Cleaners/Vacuums: Brock Enterprises
Elliptical Equipment: Octane Fitness
Elliptical Equipment: Life Fitness
Elliptical Equipment: Cybex International Inc.
Elliptical Equipment: Precor Incorporated
Entertainment Systems: CardioVision Inc.
Ergometers: SCIFIT Systems Inc.
Exercise Balls: Thera-Band Products/Hygenic Corp.
Filters: Neptune-Benson Inc.
Floor Finishes: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.
Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Free Weight Equipment: Hammer Strength
Free Weight Equipment: Troy Barbell & Fitness
Gutters: Grate Technologies
Handicapped Equipment: Spectrum Aquatics
Heaters: Pentair Water Pool and Spa
Ladders/Grab Bars: S.R. Smith
Lane Markers: Competitor Swim Products
Lighting: Insight Lighting
Lockers: Classic Woodworking LLC
Pilates Equipment: Balanced Body Inc.
Rowers: Concept2 Inc.
Sanitization Systems: TMI Salt Pure Corp.
Sanitization Systems: ClearWater Tech, LLC
Saunas/Whirlpools: Saunatec Inc.
Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc.
Sound Systems: CardioVision Inc.
Stair Climbers: Life Fitness
Stair Climbers: Nautilus Inc.
Stair Climbers: NuStep Inc.
Stationary Bikes: Life Fitness
Stationary Bikes: Star Trac
Strength Equipment: Hammer Strength
Surfaces, Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Surfaces, Multipurpose: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Swimsuit Dryer: Extractor Corp.
Treadmills: Life Fitness
Treadmills: Precor Incorporated
Treadmills: Star Trac
Volleyball Nets and Standards: Draper Inc.
Wall Padding: Draper Inc.