Charles Benson Bear '39 Recreation and Athletic Center - Grinnell College
Charles Benson Bear '39 Recreation and Athletic Center - Grinnell CollegeGrinnell, Iowa 2013
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 DetailsArchitect: 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