Facilities of Merit 2013: State Gym Renovation and Addition - Iowa State University

State Gym Renovation and Addition - Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa
Year in Showcase: 2013

Project Description

A successful fee referendum in 2007 set in motion a plan to expand and improve recreation facilities at Iowa State University, specifically by creating additional opportunities on the western edge of campus. The existing State Gym, built in 1913, was at the center of the project. The gym’s basketball court was salvaged from demolition, the wood planks refinished and repurposed as millwork in the new addition.

Responding to the campus building context, materials used for the expansion and renovation include red brick masonry, limestone, transparent and translucent glazing, prefinished metal panels and concrete surfaces.

Creating a link between State Gym and Beyer Hall, separated by a major university street, became both a design and staffing challenge. For multiple reasons, it was not possible to provide one single control point for entry to the new complex. Through careful planning, however, only two are now required, and both controlled entrances provide access to the entire recreation and wellness complex. The openness of the design intentionally provides for some self-policing of spaces, reducing the time required for recreation staff members to make their rounds.


Judge's Comments

Exceptional scale, rhythm and simple use of materials equates to a strong edge at Sheldon Avenue.
— Burke Cartwright

This facility has wonderful visual connections between activity spaces. The restoration of the existing State Gym is beautiful.
— Lindsey Peckinpaugh

Interior layout of program spaces offers multiple views of several activity areas from all vantage points in the building.
— David Dymecki

Project Details

ARCHITECT OF RECORD: RDG Planning & Design; Des Moines, Iowa
AQUATIC DESIGN ENGINEER: Counsilman-Hunsaker; Lakewood, Colo.
Construction Cost: $26.79 million
Square Feet: 165,514
Occupancy: January 2012

Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Draper Inc.

Cardiovascular Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Cardiovascular Equipment: Expresso

Cardiovascular Equipment: FreeMotion Fitness

Cardiovascular Equipment: Octane Fitness

Cardiovascular Equipment: Precor Incorporated

Cardiovascular Equipment: StairMaster

Cardiovascular Equipment: Technogym USA Corp.

Cardiovascular Equipment: Woodway

Chemical Control Systems: BECS Technology Inc.

Cleaners/Vacuums: Aqua Products Inc.

Climbing Walls: Entre-Prises Climbing Walls

Deck/Basin Surface: Dal-Tile Corp.

Divider Curtains: Draper Inc.

Filtration Systems: National

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo

Ladders/Grab Bars: Spectrum Aquatics

Lane Markers: Spectrum Aquatics

Lighting: Insight Lighting

Lockers: Spec-Rite Designs

Multipurpose: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Pool - Entertainment Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Pool - High Performance Coating: Tnemec Company Inc.

Roller Shades: MechoShade Systems

Sanitization Systems: Axiall Corp.

Sanitization Systems: Siemens Water Technologies

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Fair-Play Scoreboards

Sculpture / Artwork: Ceramic Tile Wall Mural by Eric Sealine

Sculpture / Artwork: Neon Light Vignettes by Terry Allen

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Scranton Products

Skylights: CPI Daylighting

Sound Systems: SoundTube Entertainment Inc.

Swimsuit Extractors: Extractor Corp.

Track: Mondo

Turnstiles: Alvarado Manufacturing Co. Inc.

Volleyball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Draper Inc.

Wall Padding: Robbins Sports Surfaces


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