University of Nebraska-Lincoln, East Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, East Campus Recreation and Wellness CenterLincoln, NE 2017
The East Campus Recreation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a sensitive blend of old and new. The creative and adaptive reuse of what was formerly the East Campus Activities Center — a 1926 campus icon that previous studies had recommended tearing down — honors the history of the building while providing a modern recreation center for campus.
The project involved a renovation and reordering of spaces within the existing interior and the addition of building volumes on the west, east and south facades. Special care was taken to preserve and accentuate the building’s historic character, particularly a series of tall arched windows. This was accomplished by wrapping the original brick and stone exterior in a “glass box” that showcases both the refurbished arches and the activity spaces inside. A running track highlights the juxtaposition of old and new by winding around the existing gymnasium, through the glass addition and back into the old building, offering users an up-close view of the arches’ brick detailing.
The designers rejuvenated and modernized the interior with an open layout that encourages interaction by increasing visibility and connectivity between programs and the two multipurpose gymnasia. Locker rooms, offices and a gymnasium within the existing building were carefully renovated to maintain the historic charm of the original space. A small portion of the addition that blends with the existing building contains office space and a terrace roof.
Project DetailsArchitect: Sinclair Hille Architects
Construction Cost: $11.7 Million
Square Feet: 56,156
Occupancy: June 2015
Fitness Center - Climbing Walls: Eldorado Climbing Walls
Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: Life Fitness
Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: Precor Incorporated
Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: Matrix Fitness
Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: Technogym USA Corp.
Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: Octane Fitness
Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: Keiser
Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Hammer Strength
Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Precor Incorporated
Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Matrix Fitness
Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Technogym USA Corp.
Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Octane Fitness
Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Keiser
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Bison Inc.
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Hubbell Lighting Inc.
Indoor Soccer/Inline Rinks - Dashers: Athletica
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose: Mats Inc.
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Locker/Shower - Lockers: Summit Lockers Inc.
Locker/Shower - Saunas/Whirlpools: Am-Finn Sauna & Steam