Charles R. Drew Wellness Center

Charles R. Drew Wellness Center

Columbia, SC 2006

Project Description

The Charles R. Drew Wellness Center is located adjacent to a new housing redevelopment project and strives to engage not only the local Drew Park community, but also the city of Columbia as a whole. Major program components include an indoor eight-lane, 25-meter pool with access to an exterior plaza, a gymnasium, weight-training and cardiovascularfitness areas, an indoor jogging/walking track, a group exercise room, an instructional kitchen, a health screening room and a variety of multiuse spaces.

The weight-training and cardio area is located on the mezzanine level and overlooks the natatorium, while the elevated track surrounds the fitness area and runs along the perimeter of the gymnasium. The interior walls of the natatorium, gym and corridors consist of ground-faced concrete masonry units, requiring minimal maintenance. Meanwhile, the facility’s color schemes complement the natural lighting that is prevalent throughout the building.

The exterior fenestration components include brick, glass and aluminum panels, which provide a sleek backdrop to the residential materials used in the adjacent housing development.

Project Details

Architect: The Boudreaux Group; Columbia, S.C.
Aquatic Design Engineer: Rowley International Inc.; Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
Construction Cost: $7.66 million
Square Feet: 39,953
Occupancy: November 2005

Aerobics Flooring: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Spalding

Basketball Surfaces: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Bleachers/Grandstands: Interkal

Divider Curtains: Spalding

Elliptical Equipment: SportsArt Fitness

Entertainment Systems: BroadcastVision Entertainment

Exercise Balls: Gym Ball Store, The

Fitness Center Flooring: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Floor Covers: Covermaster Inc.

Folding Chairs: Krueger International (KI)

Free Weight Equipment: Magnum Fitness Systems

Free Weight Equipment: Hoist Fitness Systems

Free Weight Equipment: CAP Barbell

Handicapped Equipment: Spectrum Aquatics

Lighting: Lithonia Lighting

Lockers: Lyon Workspace Products

Multipurpose Surfaces: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Pool Access Ramps/Stairs: Paddock Pool Equipment Co. Inc.

Pool Bulkheads: Paddock Pool Equipment Co. Inc.

Pool Chemical Control Systems: Siemens

Pool Cleaners/Vacuums: Spectrum Aquatics

Pool Dehumidifiers: PoolPak Inc.

Pool Filters: Siemens

Pool Gutters: Paddock Pool Equipment Co. Inc.

Pool Heaters: Lochinvar Corp.

Pool Ladders/Grab Bars: Paddock Pool Equipment Co. Inc.

Pool Lane Markers: Anti Wave V.I.P.

Pool Lighting: Paddock Pool Equipment Co. Inc.

Pool Sanitization Systems: Siemens

Pool Starting Blocks: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair

Pool Surface: Sundek Products Inc.

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Rockville Partitions Inc.

Stair Climbers: Nautilus Inc.

Stationary Bikes: True Fitness Technology

Strength Equipment: Nautilus Inc.

Strength Equipment: FreeMotion Fitness

Strength Equipment: Life Fitness

Track Surfaces: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Treadmills: NordicTrack

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Spalding

Wall Padding: Spalding