Recreation and Athletic Complex Renovation and Expansion George Mason University
Recreation and Athletic Complex Renovation and Expansion George Mason UniversityFairfax , Va. 2010
Containing three gymnasiums, two racquetball courts, two squash courts and a two-story fitness gallery that spans more than 15,000 square feet, the new Recreation and Athletic Complex (RAC) is the primary recreation destination for George Mason University students. The facility, which was formerly known as the Physical Education Building, sits in a wooded area near the heart of campus.
The design of the expansion and renovation retained existing gymnasium spaces because of recreational demand, reconfigured existing support areas to better serve modern fitness and strength training requirements, and expanded the building to meet the current and future demands for multiple recreation opportunities on campus. The project doubled the original square footage of the building.
The student fitness center is the focal point. This space has strong visual relationships with adjacent gymnasiums and multipurpose rooms. The fitness gallery includes one level for cardiovascular machines and one level for strength training, with the latter consisting of selectorized machines and free weights. In addition, the fitness area features two multipurpose rooms that house various exercise programs, including yoga, Pilates and martial arts, providing alternatives to the traditional cardiovascular workout.
The newest of the facility’s gymnasiums, “RAC Gym,” is home to the George Mason men’s and women’s volleyball teams, and provides a competition venue for wrestling. RAC Gym accommodates seating for 1,550 and features three basketball courts, retractable bleachers, a state-of-the-art sound system and a second-level viewing area.
Project DetailsArchitect: EwingCole; Philadelphia, Pa.
Construction Cost: $24.5 million
Square Feet: 116,166
Occupancy: June 2009
Basketball: Rezill-Channel, Connor Sport Court
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Draper Inc.
Building Systems - Exterior Metal Panels: Centria
Building Systems - Translucent Panel System : Kal Wall
Cardiovascular Equipment: Woodway
Court Panels/Glass Walls: Altempco
Dryers: Pellerin Milnor Corp.
Entertainment Systems: American Amplifier
Fitness Center - Elliptical Equipment: Precor Incorporated
Fitness Center - Stair Climbers: Precor Incorporated
Flooring, Aerobics: Connor Sport Court
Flooring, Fitness Center: Connor Sport Court
Free-Weight Equipment: Iron Grip Barbell Co.
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Floor Finishes: Connor Sport Court
Lighting: Lithonia Lighting
Lockers: Republic Storage Systems Co.
Mat Lifter for single wrestling mat: Draper Inc.
Multipurpose: Mats Inc.
Olympic Bumper Plates: Ivanko Barbell Co. Inc.
Racquetball/Squash Courts - Surfaces: Hollman Inc.
Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Draper Inc.
Selectorize: FreeMotion Fitness, Epic and Magnum
Skylights: Kawneer (Curtain Wall and Skylight)
Sound Systems: American Amplifier
Strength Equipment: FreeMotion Fitness, Epic, Magnum and Westside Bar
Upper/Lower Body Ergometer: SCIFIT Systems Inc.
Volleyball: Draper Inc.
Wall Padding: Draper Inc.
Washers: Pellerin Milnor Corp.