Kempsville Recreation Center

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Kempsville Recreation Center

Virginia Beach, VA 2019

Project Description

This new center reaffirms a commitment to providing residents with low-cost, family-friendly recreation options that continue to distinguish Virginia Beach from its neighbors and communities across the commonwealth. The design showcases social engagement, appropriately scales itself as a good neighbor to the surrounding community, connects with the great outdoors and expands the fitness energy of the programmed activities to promote health and wellness awareness.

The center features a large natatorium that contains a six-lane competition pool with competition diving areas as well as a 25-foot-high glass climbing wall, a leisure pool with a zero-entry beach and Virginia Beach-themed play structures, and an aqua track/lazy river element. The center also includes a double gymnasium, 7,500 square feet of fitness space, a dance/aerobics space, locker rooms and showers, eight multipurpose meeting rooms for community use, catering kitchen facilities and administrative office space.

The interior design concept of capturing the ocean and sand also grew from the local Virginia Beach community. The entire interior finish pallet and layout are designed to echo the ocean vernacular and sense of place. The building is easily approachable by pedestrians and is also exceptionally transparent, offering views of active recreation to promote engagement.

A number of sustainable design strategies help offset operational costs and assist the facility toward LEED Silver certification. These include rain gardens for stormwater management, bamboo wood floors, a geothermal HVAC system, daylight harvesting, and LED lighting with light pollution control.


Project Details

Architect: HBA Architecture & Interior Design, Inc.
Construction Cost: 25,000,000
Square Feet: 81,000
Occupancy: June 2017

Building Systems - Skylights: Solatube International Inc.

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: LifeSpan Fitness

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: PlybooSport

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: Dynamix Sports

Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: Hammer Strength

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Hammer Strength

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Performance Sports Systems

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Bleachers/Grandstands: Hussey Seating Co.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains: Performance Sports Systems

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Floor Covers: Performance Sports Systems

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: SPI Lighting Inc.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Nevco Inc.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards: Sports Imports

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: PlybooSport

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track: Dynamic Sports Construction Inc.

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Volleyball: PlybooSport

Laundry - Dryers: Speed Queen

Laundry - Washers: Speed Queen

Locker/Shower - Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Columbia Lockers

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Sentinel Security Lockers by Tiffin

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: Scranton Products

Pools - Cleaners/Vacuums: Nemato

Pools - Ladders/Grab Bars: Spectrum Aquatics

Pools - Lane Markers: Competitor Swim

Pools - Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Primex Wireless

Pools - Starting Blocks: Pentair

Pools - Water Play Features: Rain Drop Products LLC

Pools - Water Play Features: AquaClimb

Architect Of Record

HBA Architecture & Interior Design, Inc.
Virginia Beach, VA

Design Architect

Moody Nolan
Columbus, OH

Aquatic Engineer

Counsilman Hunsaker
St. Louis, MO

Landscape Architect

WPL Site Design
Virginia Beach, VA

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