Pitt-Johnstown Wellness Center University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown

Pitt-Johnstown Wellness Center University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown

Johnstown, Pa.

Project Description

The goals for this project were to find a cost-effective solution to improve congested recreation facilities and to establish an edge to campus by strengthening an ill-defined natural green space.

The solution ultimately resulted in the renovation and expansion of the existing facility to nearly double its size. Now oriented perpendicular to the existing Sports Center, it defines its edge of campus. The blending of scale, similar materials and detailing create a seamless structure. With its two-story glass entrance gallery and soaring glass wedge showcasing the climbing wall, the building exemplifies the energy of the student activities taking place within.

The revitalized center provides students, faculty and staff with a 40,000-square-foot facility that houses a cardio-fitness and strength-training area, a 30-foot climbing wall, a 1,100-square-foot exercise studio, a 15,000-square-foot multipurpose gymnasium, a 1⁄12-mile walking/running track and a golf simulator.

Foreground building elements help diminish the scale of the larger gymnasium structure and permit views of the campus from the elevated track, which is generously glazed to provide panoramic scenes of the surrounding mountains and rustic terrain.


Project Details

Architect: WTW Architects; Pittsburgh, Pa.
Construction Cost: $7.98 million
Square Feet: 39,221
Occupancy: December 2010

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Spalding

Cardiovascular Equipment: Life Fitness

Climbing Walls: Nicros Inc. Climbing Wall Systems

Divider Curtains: Spalding

Elevator - Marshall Elevator: Exterior Stone - Valley Forge/Rubble Stone

Flooring, Aerobics: Action Floor Systems LLC

Flooring, Fitness Center: Kiefer Specialty Flooring Inc.

Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo

Free-Weight Equipment: Life Fitness

Lockers: Republic Storage Systems Co.

Metal Panels - Centria: GAF

Multipurpose: Kiefer Specialty Flooring Inc.

Multipurpose: Mondo

Painting - Sherwin Williams: Modernfold

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Skylights: Structures Unlimited Inc.

Strength Equipment: Life Fitness

Track: Moose Sports Surfaces Ltd.

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Spalding

Wall Padding: Porter Athletic Inc.


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