Blue Ash Recreation Center Renovation and Expansion
Blue Ash Recreation Center Renovation and ExpansionBlue Ash, Ohio
A priority throughout the planning stages of the Blue Ash Recreation Center project was creating a fluid tie-in between new and existing spaces. The facility now includes 76,000 new/renovated square feet and 44,000 square feet of space that was left untouched or lightly renovated.
The welcome desk, designed to be the heart of the facility, is placed under an existing skylight that fills the space with natural light. A separate indoor check-in point was created for the outdoor pool. The main focus of the project is the two-story, 24,000-square-foot fitness center, which includes two studio rooms and a 1/10-mile elevated track. Other features include a climbing wall, gymnasiums, locker rooms, saunas and a whirlpool, meeting rooms, a café/lounge and a game room.
One of the main elements that provides an aesthetic basis for the renovation and expansion is the masonry detail that complements both the existing building and new construction. The brick format was continued in the patterning of the floor tile. Light wood tones and polished blue surfaces were used as accents within the space. Translucency, both horizontally as well as vertically, reinforce this concept. This is all paired with a composition of large graphics that bring a slight push of color into a neutral palette.
Project DetailsArchitect: MSA Architects; Cincinnati, Ohio
Construction Cost: $12.8 million
Square Feet: 120,000
Occupancy: May 2009
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic Inc.
Bleachers/Grandstands: BSN Sports
Cardiovascular Equipment: Woodway, Precor, Star-Trac, Schwinn, Concept 2, Cy
Climbing Walls: Rockwerx
Entertainment Systems: Cardio Theatre via Commercial Fitness Solutions
Flooring, Fitness Center: Carpetland
Free-Weight Equipment: Hammer Strength, Ivanko, Max Rack,
Lockers: Penco Products Inc.
Multipurpose: Cincinnati Flooring
Saunas/Whirlpools: oVia Agean Bath and Spa, O
Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Fair-Play Scoreboards
Sound Systems: Sound Force Inc.
Strength Equipment: Life Fitness (Selectorized)
Track: Pulastic via Robbins Sports Surfaces
Wall Padding: BSN Sports