Facilities of Merit 2016: Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center Renovation & Addition – University of Portland

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Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center Renovation & Addition – University of Portland

Portland, OR 2016
Year in Showcase: 2016

Project Description

The Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center balances generous program space and cutting-edge amenities while reflecting and strengthening the unique, small-school feel of the 3,900-student campus. A game-changing addition to the University of Portland campus, the Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center features a transparent facade to showcase the building’s many activity spaces, while exterior detailing incorporates identifiable campus brick and wood accents to ensure the building melds with existing campus architecture. 

The Beauchamp Center, located adjacent to the school’s baseball and basketball venues and near six major student residences, reinforces the existing urban grid and serves as a new anchor for the northwest corner of campus. Glazing around all sides of the building connects the indoors and outdoors, communicating the message that the building is the new heart of the campus community. 

The design team integrated “fitness neighborhoods,” making the recreation center feel more approachable, intimate and easy to navigate. Traditional spaces such as gymnasiums, exercise studios and a suspended track are enhanced with amenities that include a 32-foot-high climbing wall and an outdoor pursuits center. A functional training area features indoor and outdoor space linked by double doors. 

Judge's Comments

"The design of this facility lies in efficient planning and internal transparency through thoughtful use of materials. I appreciated the natural approach to local materials." — Jeff Penner

"This is a restrained design, but the composition is stunning." — Tracy Carusi

"Sophisticated form and choice of materials. The facility responds to the pedestrian nature of the adjacent site." — Dave Larson

Project Details

Architect: Soderstrom Architects
Architect: HOK
Construction Cost: $23.7 million
Square Feet: 73,000
Occupancy: July 2015

Building Systems - Skylights: DeaMor

Building Systems - Skylights: Solatube International Inc.

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Core Health & Fitness

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Precor Incorporated

Fitness Center - Climbing Walls: Walltopia USA

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: Aacer Flooring

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: Ecore Athletic

Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: Ecore Everlast

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Ivanko Barbell Co. Inc.

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Life Fitness

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Arena Seating: American Seating Co.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Progressive Design Playgrounds

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains: Progressive Design Playgrounds

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Cree Inc.

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

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Sound Systems: Crown Audio Engineered Systems

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

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding: Draper Inc.

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Aacer Flooring

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose: Aacer Flooring

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Volleyball: Aacer Flooring

Laundry - Dryers: Electrolux

Laundry - Washers: Electrolux

Locker/Shower - Flooring: Jasba Tile

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

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc.

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Sports Surfaces: Ecore Athletic

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Sports Surfaces: Victory Turf

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

Architect Of Record

Soderstrom Architects
Portland, OR

Associate Architect

Kansas City, MO

Construction Manager

Portland, OR