Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, University of Wyoming
Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, University of WyomingLaramie, WY 2017
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 DetailsArchitect: 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