John M. & Silvia Ferretti Medical Fitness & Wellness Center Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

John M. & Silvia Ferretti Medical Fitness & Wellness Center Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Erie, Pa.

Project Description

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine ranks fifth in the nation for graduating primary care physicians, specializing in a distinctive form of medical practice committed to preventive, total-person health care. Designed in keeping with the osteopathic principle of improving the quality of life, the John M. & Silvia Ferretti Medical Fitness and Wellness Center is a three-story, medically integrated facility where members can exercise and enjoy spa-type services, and where patients also have access to physical therapy and physicians’ offices.

The first two floors are dedicated to fitness and educational services, while the third floor houses medical office suites. The design efficiently integrates each wellness amenity while maintaining the identity of the individual spaces. These include conference and education rooms, a teaching kitchen and a café, all centrally located for convenience and accessibility; quiet areas for yoga and spa treatments separated from the gym, pools and fitness areas; and aerobics and Pilates areas, which are located away from the main activity areas. Natural lighting and a sense of privacy allow participants to be comfortable throughout the facility while enjoying the benefits of exercise.

A single point of entry and check-in with centrally monitored video cameras provide a secure environment, while clear and convenient wayfinding minimizes confusion. Clean, bold, contemporary geometry emphasizes a new direction in health and wellness facilities. Principles of feng shui guided the design toward a holistic approach. The use of natural and durable interior finishes such as granite, recycled rubber, tile and hardwood create a spa-like feel. A focal design feature composed of original artwork with LED backlighting enhances the building’s innovative appearance and functionality.


Project Details

Architect: Cogdell Spencer ERDMAN; Charlotte, N.C.
Programming Consultant: Power Wellness; Addison, Ill.
Construction Cost: $29 million
Square Feet: 110,000
Occupancy: March 2009

Assessment & Monitoring Equipment: BSDI, Skin Fold, BE Sit N Reach

Basketball: Connor Sport Bond

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Draper Inc.

Bleachers/Grandstands: Irwin Seating

Cardiovascular Equipment: Life Fitness, Precor, Star Trac, Keiser, NuStep, S

Chemical Control Systems: Becsys3

Cleaners/Vacuums: Heyward, Duramax

Court Panels/Glass Walls: The Court Company

Deck/Basin Surface: American Olean/ Pyramid Cement

Dehumidifiers: Dectron

Divider Curtains: Draper Inc.

Dryers: Uni Mac

Entertainment Systems: LCD TV Monitors where possible

Filtration Systems: Neptune Benson

Floor Covers: Covermaster Inc.

Flooring: American Olean

Flooring, Aerobics: Connor Sport Bond

Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo

Free-Weight Equipment: Hammer Strength, Life Fitness, Intek Power Blocks

Heaters: Thermo Solutions

Hydrotherapy Tanks: Whitchell Manufacturing

LED Art Panels: Everbrite / Vara Kamins Impressions of Light

Lighting: Sportlite, Inc

Lighting: Winona

Lockers: Hollman

Multipurpose: Mondo

Racquetball/Squash Courts: The Court Company

Sanitization Systems: Chlorine / Ultraviolet Light

Saunas/Whirlpools: Saunatec

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Best Bath

Strength Equipment: Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, Free Motion, Power

Swimsuit Extractors: Suitmate Swimsuite Extractor

Taping/Treatment Tables: Dynatronics

Track: Mondo

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Draper Inc.

Wall Padding: Draper Inc.

Washers: Uni Mac

Water Feature: Blu-World


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