University of Texas at San Antonio Recreation and Wellness Center Phase II Renovation and Expansion
University of Texas at San Antonio Recreation and Wellness Center Phase II Renovation and Expansion2009
In wrapping this large-scale addition around three sides of the existing building, designers broke down the exterior facades of all large-volume spaces into smaller facades more appropriate to the scale of the campus. The addition’s facade now manages to emulate the existing building’s aesthetics and rhythm. The original building was faced with a local limestone veneer and an exterior insulated finish system that did not have the durable properties typically associated with university buildings. To match the look, architects used the same limestone veneer and specified a high-quality plaster that would unify the addition with the original structure, yet last longer.
Inside, a four-court gymnasium is complemented by a generously sized weight room, both of which can be viewed from an elevated, 1/6-mile indoor track that winds through the facility, offering views of the gym, weight room, outdoor courtyard and pool. Lounge spaces and additional cardio areas are tucked into building corners for privacy.
A clean, spa-like atmosphere was achieved by using quality, timeless materials that are also low-maintenance. These include terrazzo flooring, solid-surface countertops and non-upholstered furniture items (stainless steel barstools, tables and chairs). Soft furniture was upholstered in Crypton® Super Fabrics or faux leather. The neutral, high-end look was accented with school colors in upholstery fabrics, colored bands on terrazzo, and on padding and striping in the gym, weight room floor and track.
Project DetailsArchitect: F&S Partners Incorporated; Dallas, Texas
Aquatic Design Engineer: Counsilman-Hunsaker; St. Louis, Mo.
Construction Cost: $36.8 million
Square Feet: 191,563
Occupancy: March 2008
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Draper Inc.
Court Panels/Glass: A Best Enterprises Inc.
Court Panels/Glass: Sports Unlimited Inc.
Flooring, Aerobics: Mondo
Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo
Flooring, Fitness Center: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Free Weight Equipment: Cybex International Inc.
Free Weight Equipment: Precor Incorporated
Lockers: Penco Products Inc.
Lockers: Santana Products Inc.
Lockers: Scranton Products
Scoreboards: Daktronics Inc.
Strength Equipment: Life Fitness
Strength Equipment: Hammer Strength
Strength Equipment: Iron Grip Barbell Co.
Treadmills: StairMaster Health & Fitness Products Inc.