Wildcat Student Life and Athletics Center - Johnson & Wales University
Wildcat Student Life and Athletics Center - Johnson & Wales UniversityNorth Miami, Fla.
Johnson & Wales, a private South Florida university, required a new facility to accommodate the needs of its students and the community. The programmatic goal of this building was to house many of the student extracurricular activities and to become a key cornerstone of the “Center of Campus” and act as the hub for student-life activities.
The Student Activity Center is composed of an enclosed and air-conditioned gymnasium for indoor sports and activities, providing seating for 850 spectators. It is accompanied by administrative and support areas, including locker rooms, fitness areas, student event spaces, administrative offices and conference rooms.
The interior concept of the building was designed to reflect the lifestyle of the 21st century student, as well as the sports-related building program. Flowing forms and modernist elements help to create a space that’s both dynamic and functional. The design team worked diligently with the building owner, consulting engineers and general contractor to utilize materials, techniques and equipment that demonstrated the university’s commitment to creating a sustainably built facility.
The use of environmentally sensitive materials and striking daylight techniques create a strong connection with the exterior environment.
Project DetailsARCHITECT OF RECORD: Gallo Herbert Architects; Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Construction Cost: $6.8 million
Square Feet: 35,000
Occupancy: February 2012
Flooring, Aerobics: Forbo Flooring Systems