Old Dominion University Recreation Center
Old Dominion University Recreation CenterNorfolk, Va.
The Old Dominion University Recreation Center project involved the demolition of most of an existing field house and the creation of a state-of-the-art recreation facility built around the existing natatorium. Plan efficiency was achieved with a central “main street” — highlighted by interspersed skylights — that connects and unifies the facility’s major activity spaces. A number of large interior windows and open spaces allow activities to be visible to pedestrians outside. The “main street” also includes built-in wood benches along the perimeter for socializing and downtime.
Along with the existing natatorium and locker rooms, the facility contains a two-story climbing wall near the main entrance, with skylights providing natural illumination for climbers. An elevated jogging track passes by a three-court open gymnasium and a multipurpose activity court. Other amenities include a 15,000-square-foot fitness center, a juice bar, high-ceilinged group exercise studios, a three-tiered group cycling studio, three racquetball courts, a multipurpose court, classrooms, office space, conference rooms and specialized research laboratories.
A large, curved glass-wall facade ties the facility to a nearby convocation center while making activity areas visible to students outside.
Project DetailsArchitect: Moseley Architects; Virginia Beach, Va.
Architect: Hastings & Chivetta Architects Inc.; St. Louis, Mo.
Construction Cost: $23.5 million
Square Feet: 152,000
Occupancy: March 2009
Acoustical Ceiling Panels: USG Interiors
Basketball: Aacer Flooring LLC
Climbing Walls: Nicros Inc. Climbing Wall Systems
Divider Curtains: Performance Sports Systems
Flooring, Aerobics: Aacer Flooring LLC
Flooring, Fitness Center: Key Resin Company
Multipurpose: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Racquetball/Squash Courts: Aacer Flooring LLC
Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Nevco Inc.
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Partition Systems Inc.
Track: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Wall Padding: Gared Sports