Facilities of Merit 2008: University of Maine Student Recreation and Fitness Center

University of Maine Student Recreation and Fitness Center

Orono, ME
Year in Showcase: 2008

Project Description

Superb interior and exterior finishes, including ample amounts of locally harvested wood, distinguished the University of Maine Student Recreation and Fitness Center in the eyes of the judges. Located on a heavily wooded site, the center (the largest project ever undertaken by the University of Maine) features an exterior palette of copper panels containing 90 percent post-industrial recycled metal that clad the volumes of the second-level fitness area along the south facade and the natatorium on the west. Precast concrete panels form the walls of the main three-court gymnasium, and a veneer of local South Bay quartzite stone on the face of the building?s lower level provides a strong base. Intersecting skylit galleries form the primary circulation paths and organize the facility?s main recreational components. Glue-laminated wood timber columns line these circulation paths, as well as the perimeters of the gymnasium and natatorium.


Judge's Comments

Nicely detailed exterior combines copper, stone and glass into strong organizing elements. Interiors are very simply and cleanly detailed.
— Philip Laird

Locally harvested and manufactured wood structure and finish provide a unique aesthetic and appropriate connection to the surrounding wooded context.
— John Kane

Bold exterior forms with a rich contemporary blend of materials express and complement the building's geometry. The functional plan reflects the building massing.
— Tom Poulos


Project Details

Architect: Cannon Design; Los Angeles, Calif.; Boston, Mass.; Washington, D.C.; Victoria, B.C.
ASSOCIATED FIRM: OEST Associates Inc. Portland, Maine
PROGRAMMING/OPERATIONAL CONSULTANT: Brailsford & Dunlavey Washington, D.C.
AQUATIC DESIGN ENGINEER: Counsilman-Hunsaker St. Louis, Mo.
Major facility components: Natatorium, fitness center, multipurpose activity court, gymnasium, jogging track, racquet courts, equipment room, multipurpose rooms
Funded by: Debt financing, student fees
Construction Cost: $16.9 million
Square Feet: 87,919
Occupancy: August 2007

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.

Chemical Control Systems: Neptune-Benson Inc.

Court Panels/Glass: Fiberesin Industries Inc.

Court Panels/Glass: A Best Enterprises Inc.

Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.

Elliptical Equipment: Precor Incorporated

Elliptical Equipment: Life Fitness

Exercise Balls: Power Systems Inc.

Filters: Neptune-Benson Inc.

Floor Finishes: Mats Inc.

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Flooring, Fitness Center: Mats Inc.

Free Weight Equipment: Hammer Strength

Free Weight Equipment: Iron Grip Barbell Co.

Handicapped Equipment: Spectrum Aquatics

Ladders/Grab Bars: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair

Lane Markers: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair

Lighting: Lithonia Lighting

Lockers: Lyon Workspace Products

Rowers: Concept2 Inc.

Sanitization Systems: Neptune-Benson Inc.

Saunas/Whirlpools: McCoy Sauna & Steam

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Nevco Scoreboard Company

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Santana Products Inc.

Stair Climbers: Life Fitness

Stationary Bikes: Life Fitness

Strength Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Strength Equipment: Life Fitness

Surface: Dal-Tile Corp.

Surface: Mats Inc.

Surface: Aacer Flooring LLC

Surface: Sports Unlimited Inc.

Surfaces, Basketball: Connor Sport Court International

Surfaces, Multipurpose: Connor Sport Court International

Surfaces, Track: Mondo

Swimsuit Dryer: Extractor Corp.

Treadmills: Woodway

Treadmills: Life Fitness

Wall Padding: Draper Inc.

Water Play Features: Crystal Fountains


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