Eastway Regional Recreation Center

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Construction Cost: $35 million

Area / Square Feet: 95,000

Occupancy Date: September 2020

Through a series of engagement meetings with local residents, the design team prioritized both a sense of energy and excitement that needed to be expressed by the Eastway Regional Recreation Center, as well as a clear connection to the history and cultural relevance of the Charlotte region.

The exterior of the building is angular and dynamic, reaching upward to reflect a sense of movement and kinetic energy. The brick is treated with layers and textures to reinforce a sense of energy at the pedestrian scale, and windows are treated with brightly colored frames to add contrast and interest. The entry is scaled to amplify a sense of invitation, which 

is reinforced inside where the central connector acts as a high-volume view shed to the many social, community and activity spaces that define the program. 

Muted colors and wood tones reflect the history of a region deeply rooted in agriculture and textile manufacturing. The undulating lobby ceiling picks up on the rolling landscapes that evoke the natural terrain of local farms, while a wood veil beyond the reception desk is accented with colors that reflect regional textile creations. This entry volume stretches from one side of the building to the other, organizing the main program elements with communal and social spaces such as a teaching kitchen, a nature center, a senior center and a sound mixing room on one side, with active spaces including the fitness, gym and pool spaces on the other.


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Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment - Precor

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics - Mondo 

Sports FlooringFitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center - Ecore

Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment- Precor

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment - Precor

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports - Performance Sports Systems

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Bleachers/Grandstands - Learning Environments

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains - Performance Sports Systems

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting - H.E. Williams

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems - Nevco

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards - Performance Sports Systems

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding - Performance Sports Systems

Indoor Soccer/Inline Rinks - Dashers - Athletica Sports Systems

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball - Aacer Sports Flooring

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose - Mondo Sports Flooring

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track - Mondo Sports Flooring

Locker/Shower - Flooring - Stonhard

Locker/Shower - Lockers - RFS Sports

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Lighting - Musco

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Sports Surfaces - Geo Surfaces

Pools - Access Ramps/Stairs - Spectrum Aquatics

Pools - Bleachers - Learning Environments

Pools - Chemical Control Systems - BECS Technology

Pools - Cleaners/Vacuums - Spectrum Aquatics

Pools - Deck/Basin Surface - Stonhard

Pools - Filtration Systems - Neptune Benson

Pools - Ladders/Grab Bars - Spectrum Aquatics

Pools - Lane Markers - Spectrum Aquatics

Pools - Lighting - Insight

Pools - Sanitization Systems - Aquionics

Pools - Starting Blocks - Spectrum Aquatics

Pools - Water Play Features - Vortex

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