Kempsville Recreation Center
Kempsville Recreation CenterVirginia Beach, VA 2019
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 DetailsArchitect: 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