Facilities of Merit 2007: Kenyon College - Kenyon Athletic Center

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Kenyon College - Kenyon Athletic Center

Gambier, OH 2007
Year in Showcase: 2007

Project Description

Combining a traditional sports program with recreational, academic and social aspects of the collegiate experience, the Kenyon Athletic Center is notable for what one judge called ?a simple and strong expression that carries through on both the exterior and interior.? The center?s smooth exterior of glass and metal over exposed steel evokes a sense of calm, with the sides that dip toward the ground intended to mimic the arc of a ball in play. Inside, a luminous elevator and light sculpture serve as focal points of a town-square-style lobby. Throughout, transparency is balanced against the need to control direct daylight on activity surfaces through the use of fritted and internally baffled glass, north-facing skylights and sun-shading structures.

Judges remarked on the building?s simplicity of both form (one called it a ?field house quality?) and color (conveyed in part by the palette of pure white on the interior). Yet, whatever coolness comes through in the execution of the project, another judge commented, is offset by an abundance of warm, natural light.

Judge's Comments

An exciting, energetic building with a fresh look and a forward-thinking image. With all that you see in three dimensions, in plan it's a box — great job.
— John Linstaedt

A strong-willed use of transparency in a consistent, rigorous application of various glazing techniques.
— James Meyer

A cohesive architectural statement that maximizes both external and internal transparency.
— David Body

Project Details

Architect: Gund Partnership; Cambridge, Mass.
Funded by: Private funds
Major facility components: 50-meter swimming pool, weight room, field house, training rooms, racquet courts, theater and film library, multipurpose rooms, study lounges, offices
Construction Cost: $60 million
Square Feet: 265,000
Occupancy: January 2006

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.

Bleachers/Grandstands: Irwin Seating Co.

Bulkheads: Stark Bulkhead Co.

Chemical Control Systems: Siemens Water Technologies

Cleaners/Vacuums: Aqua Products Inc.

Dashers: Athletica

Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.

Field Covers: Sportexe

Filters: Neptune-Benson Inc.

Flooring: Duraflex Int'l Corp.

Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo

Handicapped Equipment: Spectrum Aquatics

Ladders/Grab Bars: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair

Lane Markers: Recreation Supply Co. Inc.

Lighting: Holophane

Lockers: Lyon Workspace Products

Sanitization Systems: Arch Chemicals Inc.

Saunas/Whirlpools: McCoy Sauna & Steam

Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Colorado Time & Colorado Display Systems

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Starting Blocks: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair

Surface: Connor Sports Flooring

Surface: Hollman Inc.

Surfaces, Basketball: Connor Sports Flooring

Surfaces, Multipurpose: Connor Sports Flooring

Surfaces, Track: Mondo

Track & Field Equipment: Aluminum Athletic Equipment Co.

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Sports Imports Inc. (Senoh)

Wall Padding: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.