Facilities of Merit 2013: AUM Wellness Center - Auburn University at Montgomery
AUM Wellness Center - Auburn University at MontgomeryMontgomery, Ala.
Year in Showcase: 2013
The Wellness Center is the gateway, the new front door to AUM, providing a fresh and modern image for the university and increasing its visibility to the public. The center’s innovative “stretch and bend” massing concept embodies the spirit of fitness and motion, inspiring students to pursue lifelong health and wellness. Embracing a 100-year-old oak tree that stands sentinel at the facility’s entry, the center is truly an iconic integration of old and new.
“Fitness neighborhoods” add intimacy to the expansive building and offer a variety of spaces for all levels of users. Amenities include a climbing wall, exercise studios with an outdoor exercise deck, an indoor track, weight and cardio rooms, two classrooms, multipurpose rooms and niche spaces for social gatherings, a state-of-the-art human performance laboratory, and a pool with roll-up doors opening up to an outdoor garden/patio.
Wood ceilings are both structural and functional and also add a warmth and richness to the facility that connects it to its natural surroundings. Maple treads on the main stairway complement wood floors in the gym and exercise studios. Daylight harvesting with automated lighting controls monitor occupancy and daylight to minimize the use of artificial light.
Pleasing interior material and spaces. Intriguing plan concept.
— Greg Garlock
The use of wood ceilings in the natatorium, gymnasium and fitness areas adds warmth often missing from collegiate projects and enhances acoustic performance.
— Mark Hentze
The integration of indoor/outdoor space, dayligting and wood allows this building to feel warm, light and part of its site.
— Lindsey Peckinpaugh
Architect: 360 Architecture; Kansas City, Mo.
ARCHITECT OF RECORD: Infinity Architecture; Montgomery, Ala.
AQUATIC DESIGN ENGINEER: Counsilman-Hunsaker; St. Louis, Mo.
Construction Cost: $16.2 million
Square Feet: 70,000
Occupancy: August 2012
Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Gared Sports
Cardiovascular Equipment: Matrix Fitness
Chemical Control Systems: Siemans Water Technologies
Climbing Walls: Rockwerx
Construction Manager: B.L. Harbert International, LLC
Deck/Basin Surface: Dal-Tile Corp.
Dryers: Speed Queen
Filtration Systems: Siemens Water Technologies
Flooring: Stonepeak Ceramics
Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Flooring, Fitness Center: Johnsonite
Free-Weight Equipment: Matrix Fitness
Gutters: Lawson Aquatics Inc.
Hydrotherapy Tanks: Endless Pools Inc.
Ladders/Grab Bars: Pentair Aquatic Systems
Lighting: Pentair Aquatic Systems
Lockers: Legacy Lockers
Multipurpose: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Sanitization Systems: Siemens Water Technologies
Saunas/Whirlpools: Endless Pools Inc.
Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Varsity Scoreboards
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Global Partitions
Sound Systems: Moffitt Audio Visual
Strength Equipment: Matrix Fitness
Track: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Volleyball: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Volleyball Nets and Standards: Gopher
Volleyball Nets and Standards: Jaypro Sports LLC
Washers: Speed Queen
Water Play Features: Pentair Aquatic Systems