The Lodge at Des Peres
The Lodge at Des PeresDes Peres, MO
The design of The Lodge provides a community center environment that’s different from nearby community centers.
To take advantage of the 10.9-acre site’s topography, the two-story components housing the gym and pool appear to be one story tall at the main entry, yet preserve views and permit natural lighting via a two-story elevation at the rear. The tight site required a compact water park design that allows parents to watch their children in different activity zones from one location.
The Lodge incorporates a variety of user functions within a single facility. The free zone of the building includes classrooms, a child-care area, administrative offices, meeting rooms, a television viewing lounge and a large social space in the lobby. Primary recreation components include a two-court gymnasium, an elevated jogging track, a fitness center, a wave pool, a lap pool, and a multipurpose dance and aerobics room. The facility also includes an expansive outdoor water park with a tot spray garden, a cool-water whirlpool, a lazy river, slides and a bathhouse/concessions stand.
Interior finishes were carefully selected to replicate the warm, comforting environment of a mountain ski lodge. Natural stone used on the outside is also brought inside to the main lobby space. Exposed Douglas fir timbers provide an ambiance that is nontraditional in a typical Midwest community center. A slate floor at the upper level enhances that feel of warmth and durability.
Project DetailsArchitect: Hastings & Chivetta Architects Inc.; St. Louis, Mo.
Aquatic Design Engineer: Counsilman•Hunsaker; St. Louis, Mo.
Construction Cost: $19.34 million
Square Feet: 76,365
Occupancy: November 2003
Aerobics Flooring: Aacer Flooring LLC
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Aalco Manufacturing Co.
Basketball Surfaces: Aacer Flooring LLC
Divider Curtains: Aalco Manufacturing Co.
Elliptical Equipment: Precor Inc.
Elliptical Equipment: Star Trac
Fitness Center Flooring: Everlast Performance Flooring
Floor Covers: Porter Athletic Equipment
Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.
Free Weight Equipment: Intek Strength
Free Weight Equipment: Nautilus Inc.
Free Weight Equipment: Flex Fitness Inc.
Handicapped Equipment: Spectrum Aquatics
Lockers: Lyon Workspace Products
Multipurpose Surfaces: Aacer Flooring LLC
Pool Chemical Control Systems: Siemens
Pool Cleaners/Vacuums: Aqua Products Inc.
Pool Dehumidifiers: PoolPak Inc.
Pool Filters: Neptune-Benson Inc.
Pool Gutters: Lawson Aquatics Inc.
Pool Sanitization Systems: Arch Chemicals Inc.
Pool Shade Structures: Glen Raven, Inc.
Pool Water Play Features: Fountain People Inc., The
Rowers: Concept2 Inc.
Saunas/Whirlpools: McCoy Sauna & Steam
Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Nevco Scoreboard Company
Stair Climbers: Nautilus Inc.
Stationary Bikes: Precor Inc.
Strength Equipment: Flex Fitness Inc.
Strength Equipment: Nautilus Inc.
Track Surfaces: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Treadmills: Life Fitness
Wall Padding: Aalco Manufacturing Co.