Charles Benson Bear '39 Recreation and Athletic Center - Grinnell College

Charles Benson Bear '39 Recreation and Athletic Center - Grinnell College

Grinnell, Iowa

Project Description

Grinnell College’s master plan called for consolidating all sports facilities north of the main campus. The majority of outdoor facilities had already been relocated; The Bear, with all of its indoor facilities, completed this transformation and created a comprehensive sports precinct.

The L-shaped facility encompasses two sides of the football field, with three anchor venues — a 50-meter pool, the Darby Gymnasium and a field house — sunk into the ground at field level to minimize massing. Activity spaces located between the main venues include three racquetball courts, a multipurpose/dance room, an auxiliary gym, and a climbing and bouldering area. While some venues are physically separated at street level, they are connected at field level by an underground link. The area between the gym and fieldhouse serves the men’s and women’s intercollegiate teams with locker suites and sports medicine and equipment-issue areas at field level, and athletic departmental offices directly above on street level.

Exterior gym and pool pavilions extend to one another with dramatic cantilevered entry canopies. Likewise, the two lobbies with glass curtain walls look out to each other. The main volumes of the gym, field house and pool are two-tone brick, with clerestory windows just below the roof overhang.


Project Details

Architect: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects; New Haven, Conn.
ARCHITECT OF RECORD: Sasaki Associates Inc.; Watertown, Mass.
AQUATIC DESIGN ENGINEER: Counsilman-Hunsaker; St. Louis, Mo.
Construction Cost: $81 million
Square Feet: 275,500
Occupancy: August 2010

Access Ramps/Stairs: Spectrum Aquatics

Basketball Flooring: Connor Sports

Bulkheads: Stark Bulkhead Co.

Chemical Control Systems: Siemens Water Technologies

Cleaners/Vacuums: Aqua Products Inc.

Climbing Walls: Nicros Inc. Climbing Wall Systems

Deck/Basin Surface: Dal-Tile Corp.

Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic

Diving Boards: Duraflex Int'l Corp.

Dryers: Dexter Laundry Inc.

Filtration Systems: Neptune-Benson Inc.

Flooring: Crossfield Products Corp.

Gutters: Lawson Aquatics Inc.

Gutters: Neptune-Benson Inc.

Ladders/Grab Bars: Spectrum Aquatics

Lane Markers: Competitor Swim Products

Lighting: Musco Lighting

Saunas/Whirlpools: Tank Ferno - Washington

Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Colorado Time Systems

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Starting Blocks: S.R. Smith

Tennis: Beynon Sports Surfaces

Tennis Court Nets/Posts: Porter Athletic

Track: Beynon Sports Surfaces

Track & Field Equipment: Gill Athletics

Volleyball Flooring: Connor Sports

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Gym Source

Washers: Continental Girbau Inc.

Water Play Features: Antiwave Pool Products

Water Play Features: Lonza


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