Facilities of Merit 2014: Auburn University Recreation and Wellness Center

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Auburn University Recreation and Wellness Center

Auburn, AL 2014
Year in Showcase: 2014

Project Description

Conceived to re-create the “neighborhood” feel of the Auburn University campus with its many interconnected quads, the new Recreation and Wellness Center is designed to offer an experience that is both collective and individualized. The central core of the 240,000-square-foot building — a large, two-story fitness atrium — utilizes various design touches that either provide physical separation of fitness spaces or merely suggest it.

The building’s primary unifying feature and signature element is the Auburn-red walking/jogging track. Presumed to be the country’s longest indoor jogging track at one-third of a mile, Auburn’s track is notable for offering its users different choices of routes — it winds its way through the atrium and is suspended above separate two- and four-court gyms — and, especially, its corkscrew configuration around the atrium’s climbing tower. To achieve the crossover, the track ramps up and then down, providing joggers with an opportunity for interval training.

Fitness studios occupy their own footprint as part of the “tower of fitness” that marks the building’s entry. Above the covered building entry and an open mezzanine level arrayed with cardio equipment, the cardio tower complements the campus’s historic context of towers and steeples. Each level provides separate fitness spaces, including circuit training (second level), suspension training (third level), group cycling (fourth level) and a yoga studio on the top floor. In a dramatic design touch, the yoga studio is outfitted with hangar windows that fold up at the press of a button, allowing for the studio to be completely open to outside air.

Project Details

Architect: 360 Architecture
Construction Manager: Robins & Morton
Aquatic Design Engineer: Counsilman-Hunsaker
Construction Cost: $54 Million
Square Feet: 240,000
Occupancy: August 2013

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Precor

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Cybex

Fitness Center - Climbing Walls: Entre-Prises Climbing Walls

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: Connor Sports

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo

Fitness Center - Free Weight Equipment: GP Industries

Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Draper Inc.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains: Draper Inc.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Folding Chairs: Matrix Fitness

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Lithonia Lighting

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Sound Systems: AVI-SPL

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards: Sports Imports

Indoor Soccer/Inline Rinks - Dashers: Sports Systems Unlimited

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Connor Sports

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose: Mondo

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Racquetball/Squash Courts: Connor Sports

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track: Mondo

Laundry - Dryers: UniMac

Laundry - Washers: UniMac

Locker/Shower - Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Hollman Lockers & Courts Inc.

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: Scranton Products

Pools - Chemical Control Systems: Clortec

Pools - Cleaners/Vacuums: Spectrum Aquatics

Pools - Climbing Walls: AquaClimb

Pools - Deck/Basin Surface: Dal-Tile Corp.

Pools - Deck/Basin Surface: Diamond Brite

Pools - Diving Boards: Duraflex Int'l Corp.

Pools - Filtration Systems: Neptune-Benson Inc.

Pools - Ladders/Grab Bars: Spectrum Aquatics

Pools - Lane Markers: Competitor Swim

Racquetball/Squash Courts - Court Panels/Glass Walls: Hollman Lockers & Courts Inc.

Architect Of Record

360 Architecture
Kansas City, MO

Design Architect

360 Architecture
Kansas City, MO

Construction Manager

Robins & Morton
Birmingham, AL

Aquatic Design Engineer

St. Louis, MO