Facilities of Merit 2008: Grumbacher Sports and Fitness Center - York College of Pennsylvania

Grumbacher Sports and Fitness Center - York College of Pennsylvania

York, PA
Year in Showcase: 2008

Project Description

The Grumbacher Sports and Fitness Center drew comparisons to a machine ? a sleek, sophisticated and well-oiled one, at that. Judges pointed to the building?s restrained elevations, site integration and clarity of circulation. In plan, the building is an orthogonal structure to the south with a curved northern wing addressing athletic fields. The flat-roofed north pavilion boasts a curved facade that maximizes views to the fields, while the southern portion ? home to the field house, arena and natatorium ? features an arching roofline spanned by custom-designed steel trusses with skylights above. Accommodating student fitness facilities as well as the college?s athletics programs, the center features a long light-filled interior corridor that bisects the building and serves as a link between the main campus and an expanding campus in a former industrial zone. Green strategies included the recycling of structural components from industrial buildings that were demolished to clear the site.

JUDGES? COMMENTS:

Superb integration with the site; rational spine organization with ample views into activity spaces for those passing through between residential and academic campuses.
? Kirk von Spaeth

A simple diagram provides an efficient, vibrant structure with a striking campus path and spectator spaces that weave through activities.
? Mark Bodien

Light and airy interiors with crisp forms and lines. Consistent integration of exterior forms that play well off each other.
? Tom Poulos


Judge's Comments

Superb integration with the site; rational spine organization with ample views into activity spaces for those passing through between residential and academic campuses.
— Kirk von Spaeth

A simple diagram provides an efficient, vibrant structure with a striking campus path and spectator spaces that weave through activities.
— Mark Bodien

Light and airy interiors with crisp forms and lines. Consistent integration of exterior forms that play well off each other.
— Tom Poulos


Project Details

Architect: Sasaki Associates Inc.; Watertown, Mass.
AQUATIC DESIGN ENGINEER: Aquatic Design Group Carlsbad, Calif.
Funded by: Donors, university funds
Major facility components: Natatorium with spectator gallery, field house, seating for 2,000 spectators, jogging track, fitness center, climbing wall, racquetball court
Construction Cost: $32 million
Square Feet: 170,000
Occupancy: April 2006

Arena Seating: Hussey Seating Co.

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.

Bleachers/Grandstands: Hussey Seating Co.

Chemical Control Systems: USFilter Stranco Products

Climbing Walls: Entre Prises Climbing Walls

Court Panels/Glass: Court Co., The

Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.

Elliptical Equipment: Precor Incorporated

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Flooring, Aerobics: Connor Sport Court International

Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo

Free Weight Equipment: York Barbell Co.

Handicapped Equipment: Spectrum Aquatics

Lighting: Sportlite Inc.

Lockers: Republic Storage Systems Co.

Rowers: Precor Incorporated

Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Skylights: Vistawall Architectural Products

Stair Climbers: Precor Incorporated

Starting Blocks: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair

Stationary Bikes: Precor Incorporated

Strength Equipment: Precor Incorporated

Surface: Dal-Tile Corp.

Surfaces, Basketball: Connor Sport Court International

Surfaces, Basketball: Mondo

Surfaces, Multipurpose: Connor Sport Court International

Surfaces, Tennis: Mondo

Surfaces, Track: Mondo

Tennis Court Nets/Posts: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.

Treadmills: Precor Incorporated

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.


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