Facilities of Merit 2007: The Ohio State University

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The Ohio State University

Columbus, OH 2007
Year in Showcase: 2007

Project Description

Designed to serve a campus population of more than 75,000 students, faculty and staff, the Recreation and Physical Activity Center ? or RPAC ? offers an incredible 568,380 square feet of space. To break up the mass of this potentially overpowering building, it was designed to look like several smaller structures more in scale with the campus. These "buildings" are sculptural in form, with sloping roofs over the two natatoriums and floor setbacks at upper levels of the other structures.

The judges were most impressed with the design team?s solution to the problem of orientation and circulation in a facility of such magnitude ? the creation of an outdoor pedestrian plaza above occupied space that allows entry into the facility at its center. Once inside, the layout resembles a pinwheel, with gyms, fitness space, multipurpose rooms, locker rooms, the child-care room, the competition pool and the game room all easily accessible. Floor openings allow views to the upper levels, where an upper gym, more multipurpose rooms, racquetball courts and the track are visible.

Judge's Comments

Interspacial relationships and their interaction with site topography and circulation patterns make the building come alive.
— John Linstaedt

A creative answer to the challenge of multiple large-volume spaces.
— David Body

The expression and detailing are very consistent throughout this extremely large project.
— Tom Scarlata

Project Details

Architect: Moody
DESIGN ARCHITECT : Antoine Predock Architect - Albuquerque, N.M.
PROGRAMMING/OPERATIONAL CONSULTANT: Hastings & Chivetta Architects Inc. - St. Louis, Mo.
Funded by: Student fees, state funds
Major facility components: Gymnasiums, track, natatorium, fitness center, racquetball/squash courts, multipurpose rooms, locker rooms, athletic training room, wellness center, juice bar, caf_, child-care room, game room
Construction Cost: $117.6 million
Square Feet: 568,380
Occupancy: September 2005

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.

Bleachers: Bleachers International Inc.

Bleachers/Grandstands: Interkal

Bulkheads: Stark Bulkhead Co.

Chemical Control Systems: Chemtrol, Div. of Santa Barbara Control Systems

Cleaners/Vacuums: Aqua Products Inc.

Court Panels/Glass: Anderson Courts and Sports Surfaces Inc.

Court Panels/Glass: Hollman Inc.

Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.

Elliptical Equipment: Precor Incorporated

Elliptical Equipment: Life Fitness

Filters: Neptune-Benson Inc.

Floor Covers: Coversports USA

Floor Finishes: Connor Sports Flooring

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Flooring, Aerobics: Connor Sports Flooring

Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo

Free Weight Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Gutters: Neptune-Benson Inc.

Lighting: Musco Lighting

Lockers: Lyon Workspace Products

Rowers: Concept2 Inc.

Saunas/Whirlpools: Finlandia/Harvia Sauna Products

Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Colorado Time & Colorado Display Systems

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Nevco Scoreboard Company

Stair Climbers: Precor Incorporated

Starting Blocks: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair

Stationary Bikes: Star Trac

Strength Equipment: FreeMotion Fitness

Strength Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Surface: ASB America

Surface: Connor Sports Flooring

Surfaces, Basketball: Connor Sports Flooring

Surfaces, Track: Mondo

Swimsuit Dryer: Extractor Corp.

Treadmills: Woodway

Treadmills: Star Trac

Water Play Features: NBGS International Inc.