Facilities of Merit 2013: State Gym Renovation and Addition - Iowa State University
State Gym Renovation and Addition - Iowa State UniversityAmes, Iowa
Year in Showcase: 2013
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.
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
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.
Turnstiles: Alvarado Manufacturing Co. Inc.
Volleyball: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Volleyball Nets and Standards: Draper Inc.
Wall Padding: Robbins Sports Surfaces