Imagine CenterGreenville, S.C.
Since its founding in 1991, Redemption World Outreach Center has focused on giving back to the community. By 2009, the church had grown to more than 13,000 members, and it was time for a facility that was new and different.
The organization sought to make a statement by pursuing a non-conventional approach to the architecture of the new facility. The Imagine Center was not only going to be a gymnasium and recreation center for the entire community, it was going to be a facility with a design unlike anything else in the area. To make the facility a reality, a tension membrane structure was selected. The exterior shape, size and color pattern were designed to create a “wow” factor that would advertise itself and create a buzz in the community.
A custom-designed stone and glass welcome foyer invites guests into the facility, whereupon they find all the amenities of a world-class recreation and fitness center. A spacious open area with three full-size hardwood basketball courts that are partially illuminated by skylights running along the roof’s peak is at the center of the building. On each end of the gym, full-height glazing separates two stories of support and activity space. On one end is the fitness center, while on the opposite end, the second floor houses a blacklit group cycling room, a women-only weight room, a conference room, offices and a consultation area. Downstairs are locker rooms complete with saunas, showers, hardwood lockers and granite counters, as well as a café. Around the entire perimeter of the gym on the second level is an elevated, 1⁄8-mile running track.
Project DetailsArchitect: David M. Simpson Architects; Greenville, S.C.
Construction Cost: $5.7 million
Square Feet: 45,000
Occupancy: June 2009
Basketball: DONE RITE FLOORING OF SC
Floor Covers: DONE RITE FLOORING OF SC
Flooring: SPECTRUM INTERIORS OF SC
Flooring, Aerobics: SPECTRUM INTERIORS OF SC
Flooring, Fitness Center: SPECTRUM INTERIORS OF SC
Free-Weight Equipment: HAMMER STRENGTH
Pre-Engineered Structures: Sprung Instant Structures Inc.
Pre-Engineered Structures: Sprung Instant Structures, Inc.
Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Nevco Inc.
Skylights: Sprung Instant Structures Inc.
Strength Equipment: HAMMER STRENGTH
Track: SPECTRUM INTERIORS OF SC
Volleyball: SPECTRUM INTERIORS OF SC