Convent of the Sacred Heart Athletics and Wellness Center
Convent of the Sacred Heart Athletics and Wellness CenterNew York, NY 2015
Convent of the Sacred Heart's Athletics & Wellness Center is a one-of-a-kind facility among Manhattan's independent schools. The 53,000-square-foot center features an extensive program within a tight footprint on the site of a former parking garage that was partially reused for this project. Located at the opposite end of East 91st Street from the school's main academic building, the historic Otto Kahn Mansion, the new structure possesses a muscular but graceful street presence with masonry-driven solidity, underlying classical proportions and unexpected combinations of brick recesses, corbeling and wall thickness.
The center includes a six-lane swimming pool, an NCAA-regulation volleyball/basketball court that is structurally supported by a unique truss system, a dance studio, a cardio and weight room, multipurpose rooms, locker rooms, classroom space and a grand daylight-filled stairwell that encourages activity beyond sports.
Sustainable design strategies support operations of the LEED Gold-registered center, as well as the health and comfort of its users. Solatube skylights, a solar hot-water system, a cooling tower supplied through rooftop retention tanks, and a pool dehumidification heat-recovery system all contribute to thermal comfort while minimizing nonrenewable resources consumption. Whenever possible, building materials were composed of 100 percent recycled content, and the construction team diverted more than 95 percent of construction debris from landfills. To support an intensive indoor-air-quality management plan, low-emitting materials were used, and the team conducted a robust pre-occupancy flush out of airborne toxins prior to the facility's opening.
Project DetailsArchitect: BKSK Architects
Aquatic Consultant: Counsilman-Hunsaker
Construction Cost: Withheld
Square Feet: 53,000
Occupancy: September 2014
Administrative - Furniture: Steelcase
Building Systems - Pre-Engineered Structures: Solatube
Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: Ecore Athletic
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Bleachers/Grandstands: Hussey Seating Co.
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains: Panelfold
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Floor Covers: Action Floor Systems LLC
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Flooring: Action Floor Systems LLC
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Philips Guth
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Sound Systems: Atlas Sound
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards: Porter Athletic
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding: Porter Athletic
Laundry - Dryers: Alliance Sports Group
Laundry - Washers: Alliance Sports Group
Locker/Shower - Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.
Locker/Shower - Lockers: Scranton Products
Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: AAMCO
Locker/Shower - Swimsuit Extractors: Extractor Corp.
Locker/Shower - Water Refilling Stations in Locker Room: Elkay
Pools - Bleachers: Sturdisteel
Pools - Cleaners/Vacuums: Recreonics Inc.
Pools - Deck/Basin Surface: Dal-Tile Corp.
Pools - Ladders/Grab Bars: S.R. Smith
Pools - Lane Storage Reel: Competitor Swim
Pools - Lighting: Philips Guth
Pools - Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Colorado Time Systems
Pools - Sound Systems: Atlas Sound
Pools - Starting Blocks: Spectrum Aquatics
Pools - Storage Rolling Doors: Overhead Door
Pools – Dehumidification Heat Recovery System: Dectron Inc.
Training Facilities - Hydrotherapy Tanks: Whitehall Manufacturing
Training Facilities – Bulletin Board: Forbo