Choice Health & Fitness Center
Choice Health & Fitness CenterGrand Forks, N.D.
choice Health & Fitness Center is a first-of-its-kind facility in Grand Forks, integrating fitness, medical and behavioral health, nutrition, arts, recreation and research while allowing all residents an opportunity to participate.
The center’s design creates a strong visual anchor for the neighborhood while honoring Grand Forks’ history through such architectural forms as pitched roofs; simple slopes; a combination of masonry, metal panels and glass on the exterior; and the use of earthy colors and warm tones on the interior.
The facility was paid for entirely through fundraising, donations and partnerships, which created a unique challenge that permeated every aspect of the project. All donors and partners became stakeholders in its successful outcome.
The Grand Forks Park District and the Altru Family YMCA developed a membership-sharing concept, while Altru Health System (a longtime partner of the park district) organized and implemented a robust plan to provide on-site medical care that includes physical therapy, nutrition and dietitian services, sports medicine, genetic prevention services and aesthetic services.
USDA-ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center is one of six federally operated nutrition centers in the United States. The center houses its satellite laboratory, where the organization conducts obesity-related research.
Project DetailsArchitect: Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative; Denver, Colo.
ARCHITECT OF RECORD: EAPC Architects Engineers; Grand Forks, N.D.
Construction Cost: $23.4 million
Square Feet: 160,000
Occupancy: September 2012
Baseball Backstops: Performance Sports Systems
Basketball: LG Hausys
Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Performance Sports Systems
Cardiovascular Equipment: Concept2 CTS Inc.
Cardiovascular Equipment: FreeMotion Fitness
Cardiovascular Equipment: Octane Fitness
Cardiovascular Equipment: Promaxima Strength & Conditioning
Chemical Control Systems: AquaticControl Tech
Chemical Control Systems: Chemtrol, Div. of Santa Barbara Control Systems
Chemical Control Systems: Stenner & Co.
Chemical Control Systems: Triogen
Divider Curtains: Performance Sports Systems
Filtration Systems: Blue White Industries
Filtration Systems: Lawson Aquatics Inc.
Filtration Systems: Nemato Corp.
Filtration Systems: Pentair Aquatic Systems
Filtration Systems: Waterway Plastics
Flooring: Tandus Group
Flooring, Aerobics: LG Hausys
Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Free-Weight Equipment: Keiser Corp.
Free-Weight Equipment: Matrix Fitness
Gutters: Pentair Aquatic Systems
Gutters: Renosys Corp.
Heaters: Lochinvar Corp.
Lighting: Lithonia Lighting
Lockers: Hollman Lockers & Courts Inc.
Multipurpose: LG Hausys
Multipurpose: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Sanitization Systems: Chemtrol, Div. of Santa Barbara Control Systems
Scoreboards: Nevco Inc.
Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Nevco Inc.
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Accurate Partitions Corp.
Sound Systems: Nevco Inc.
Sports Surfaces: LG Hausys
Sports Surfaces: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Strength Equipment: Keiser Corp.
Strength Equipment: Matrix Fitness
Tennis: Performance Sports Systems
Tennis: Plexipave Sport Surfacing
Tennis Court Nets/Posts: Putterman Athletics
Tennis Nets/Posts: Putterman Athletics
Track: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Volleyball: LG Hausys
Volleyball: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Volleyball Nets and Standards: Performance Sports Systems
Wall Padding: Performance Sports Systems
Water Play Features: SplashTacular Entertainment