Davenport University Student Center
Davenport University Student Center2009
Featuring a large, illuminated DU logo on its exterior, the center creates a dramatic impression from the nearby freeway and reinforces the university’s landmark presence. Twelve-foot-tall clerestory windows progress around the top of the field house and auxiliary gym, radiating a sense of energy and light while defining the edge of the roof that visually floats above the cast stone walls.
From the towering climbing wall at the entrance to the auxiliary gym and running track, the center creates a contemporary, student-focused environment with numerous enclaves for studying or just relaxing. Glass walls and the open environment create views from each main program area to the next. Panoramic views of the university’s soccer/lacrosse field can be found throughout the facility.
Through coaches’ offices, locker rooms and a 1,500-seat field house (DU’s first-ever home court for basketball and volleyball teams), the facility will help serve the school’s 18 men’s and women’s sports teams. Red and black school colors and the panther mascot are reinforced in carpet tiling and red leather chairs in the President’s Conference Room, as well as throughout the TV lounge, café and fitness club areas.
Project DetailsArchitect: Integrated Architecture; Grand Rapids, Mich.
Construction Cost: $13.1 million
Square Feet: 80,000
Occupancy: October 2008
Arena Seating: Irwin Seating Co.
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Aalco Manufacturing Co.
Bleachers/Grandstands: Irwin Seating Co.
Climbing Walls: Entre Prises Climbing Walls
Entertainment Systems: Cardio Theater
Exercise Balls: Thera-Band Products/Hygenic Corp.
Floor Covers: Covermaster Inc.
Floor Finishes: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Flooring, Fitness Center: Mats Inc.
Folding Chairs: Schelde North America
Folding Chairs: Clarin
Goal Posts: Fair-Play Scoreboards
Lighting: Schelde North America
Lockers: Ideal Products Inc.
Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Fair-Play Scoreboards
Scorer's Tables: Fair-Play Scoreboards
Surfaces, Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Surfaces, Multipurpose: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Surfaces, Track: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Volleyball Nets and Standards: Schelde North America
Wall Padding: Schelde North America