Recreation and Athletic Complex Renovation and Expansion George Mason University

Recreation and Athletic Complex Renovation and Expansion George Mason University

Fairfax , Va.

Project Description

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 Details

Architect: 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.

Bleachers/Grandstands: Interkal

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: Crossville

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.


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