Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, University of Wyoming

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Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY 2017

Project Description

The planning team for the Half Acre Gymnasium renovation believed that within the walls of the historic building — originally dedicated in 1925 — there was a 21st-century facility waiting to be revealed. This dichotomy of old and new provided inspiration for the design.

The interior of the existing gym uses the same nature-inspired color palette as the new portion, but with a 1920s-era flair. Some of the original light fixtures remain, serving as inspiration for the interior design of original spaces such as the lobby and pool. New amenities include men’s and women’s locker rooms, assisted changing rooms and express lockers, and elevators and ramps providing accessible routes between the new and existing first floors.

The first floor is home to a new-and-improved fitness infield, featuring expanded views and natural lighting. The second floor is now the hub of court sports, featuring the traditional wood floor court of Half Acre, as well as a new multiuse gymnasium, four racquetball courts and group exercise studios. The third floor features an expanded walking/jogging track that overlooks the courts.

A 38-foot climbing wall is located in the southeast corner of the building, serving as a focal point from both the interior and exterior.


Project Details

Architect: Tobin & Associates
Architect: Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative
Construction Cost: $27.7 Million
Square Feet: 140,900
Occupancy: November 2015

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Matrix Fitness

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Life Fitness

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Schwinn

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Woodway

Fitness Center - Climbing Walls: Entre-Prises Climbing Walls

Fitness Center - Entertainment Systems: Crestron

Fitness Center - Entertainment Systems: Samsung

Fitness Center - Entertainment Systems: Shure

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: Connor Sports

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: Ecore Athletic

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

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Lux Dynamics

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Sound Systems: JBL Professional

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Sound Systems: Shure

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Sound Systems: Crestron

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding: Porter Athletic

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Connor Sports

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Racquetball/Squash Courts: Connor Sports

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track: Connor Sports

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Volleyball: Connor Sports

Laundry - Dryers: UniMac

Laundry - Washers: UniMac

Locker/Shower - Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Gladiator

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Republic Storage Systems Co.

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Hadrian Inc.

Locker/Shower - Saunas/Whirlpools: Associated Pools

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: Scranton Products

Locker/Shower - Swimsuit Extractors: Extractor Corp./ SUITMATE

Architect Of Record

Tobin & Associates
Cheyenne, WY

Associate Architect

Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative
Denver, CO

Design Architect

Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative
Denver, CO

Aquatic Engineer

Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative
Denver, CO

Landscape Architect

Lime Green Design
Denver, CO

Programming Consultant

Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative
Denver, CO

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