Nova Southeastern University

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Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL 2007

Project Description

The University Center at Nova Southeastern University was conceived as a mixed-use hub of student, faculty and public activity. Located in the heart of campus, the center forms a link between residential and academic zones — its atrium spine fostering awareness of campus athletic, recreational and social activities.

Exterior design elements respect the existing campus palette of glass and precast concrete, and high-activity spaces are visible from the exterior both day and night through abundant glazing. Three levels house fitness areas, racquetball courts, a two-court gymnasium, a climbing wall, multipurpose rooms, lockers and support spaces. In addition, the center encloses an existing but upgraded recreational pool and sundeck, as well as facilities for social events.

The innovative arena accommodates concerts, commencements and other events, while providing a suitable environment for NSU?s intercollegiate basketball and volleyball programs. The lower arena bowl seats 1,250 spectators and includes a VIP lounge with premium seating. Upper-level seating expands the venue?s capacity to 5,400 but can be sealed off using 30-foot-high stacking partitions to create an intimate, vibrant atmosphere for smaller crowds.

Project Details

Architect: Cannon Design; Los Angeles, Calif.; Boston, Mass.; Washington, D.C.; Victoria, B.C.
ASSOCIATED FIRM : EDSA - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Construction Cost: $64 million
Square Feet: 321,887
Occupancy: September 2006

Arena Seating: Irwin Seating Co.

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Spalding

Bleachers/Grandstands: Irwin Seating Co.

Climbing Walls: Entre Prises USA Climbing Walls

Court Panels/Glass: Fiberesin Industries Inc.

Court Panels/Glass: A Best Enterprises Inc.

Divider Curtains: Spalding

Dryers: UniMac

Elliptical Equipment: Star Trac

Exercise Balls: Power Systems Inc.

Floor Finishes: Connor Sports Flooring

Flooring: Crossfield Products Corp.

Flooring, Aerobics: Connor Sports Flooring

Flooring, Fitness Center: Johnsonite

Folding Chairs: Clarin, Div. of Greenwich Industries

Free Weight Equipment: Flex Fitness Inc.

Free Weight Equipment: Star Trac

Hydrotherapy Tank: HydroWorx International Inc.

Lockers: Penco Products Inc.

Pilates Equipment: efi Sports Medicine

Rehabilitation/Testing Units: Polar Electro Inc.

Rowers: Concept2 Inc.

Saunas/Whirlpools: McCoy Sauna & Steam

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Scorer's Tables: Daktronics Inc.

Stair Climbers: Star Trac

Stationary Bikes: Star Trac

Surface: Connor Sports Flooring

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Spalding

Wall Padding: Spalding

Washers: UniMac