University of California, Davis Activities & Recreation Center
University of California, Davis Activities & Recreation CenterDavis, CA 2006
The University of California, Davis has an outstanding tradition in athletics and recreation. The university has won the prestigious Directors Cup for Division II — an honor awarded to the nation’s top collegiate athletic program — a total of six times, including four straight years from 2000 to 2003.
To maintain for students and studentathletes facilities that match the school’s high level of success, the university commissioned the new Activities & Recreation Center (ARC), a “fusion” building that combines active recreation and student-center functions. The twostory building is linked via a bridge to Recreation Hall (a 7,500-seat, multiuse venue that opened in 1977) and is configured around a courtyard with space for both athletic and social activities.
The building occupies an important site on campus, and the architecture reflects the context of adjacent campus buildings. Exterior materials include a combination of warm, gray, split-faced and groundfaced block, limestone veneer and solar green glass in white aluminum frames.
Open to the community are meeting rooms, a ballroom and studentorganization space. The portion of the building only open to students, staff and faculty members contains a four-court gym, a one-court gym, a 12,000-squarefoot fitness center, multipurpose rooms, squash and racquetball courts and a climbing wall. A 1⁄8-mile jogging track passes through the large gym and lobby areas. Support areas include men’s and women’s lockers and showers, a family changing room, an equipment checkout area and an administration suite. Student-center spaces include a food-service area, a banquet room, meeting rooms, lounges and a home for the university’s “Aggie” band.
Project DetailsArchitect: Cannon Design; Los Angeles, Calif.; Boston, Mass.; Washington, D.C.; Victoria, B.C.
Construction Cost: $32 million
Square Feet: 150,000
Occupancy: May 2004
Aerobics Flooring: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic Equipment
Basketball Surfaces: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Climbing Walls: Entre Prises USA Climbing Walls
Court Panels/Glass: A Best Enterprises Inc.
Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic Equipment
Elliptical Equipment: Precor Inc.
Fitness Center Flooring: Mondo USA
Floor Finishes: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Free Weight Equipment: Iron Grip Barbell Co.
Group Cycling: LeMond Fitness Inc.
Lockers: Lyon Workspace Products
Multipurpose Surfaces: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Operable Wall Partition: Modernfold Inc.
Rowers: Concept2 Inc.
Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Comtec Industries
Sound Systems: Panasonic
Sound Systems: Denon Electronics (USA) Inc.
Stair Climbers: Nautilus Inc.
Stationary Bikes: Life Fitness
Stationary Bikes: Precor Inc.
Strength Equipment: Life Fitness
Surface: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Track Surfaces: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Treadmills: Life Fitness
Volleyball Nets and Standards: Sports Imports Inc. (Senoh)
Wall Padding: Porter Athletic Equipment