University of Alabama, Birmingham - Campus Recreation Center


University of Alabama, Birmingham - Campus Recreation Center

Birmingham, AL 2007

Project Description

The Campus Recreation Center at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, is designed to serve as a vibrant activity hub for the UAB campus community. The facility is also the cornerstone of a future campus green, complementing the urban university?s commitment to becoming a more traditional, residential campus. The center allows existing programs to grow, while allowing for creation of aquatics, wellness and informal recreation offerings.

Upon entering the center, sightlines allow views into virtually every activity space. The facility boasts 18,000 square feet dedicated to weight training and cardio fitness; a four-court, wood-floor gymnasium; a separate synthetic-floor gymnasium; five racquetball courts (with one convertible to squash); four fitness studios; and an aquatics center with both leisure and lap components. Other amenities include a game room, a child-care area, a juice bar and a wellness suite.

As one defining architectural feature of the building, an indoor jogging track passes through every major activity space. It penetrates the north and west facades, affording joggers views of the surrounding campus context and even the mountains bracketing the city to the south. The second defining architectural element is a climbing wall, expressed as a tower at the northwest corner of the building. Finally, exterior glazing is employed to reveal activity inside the building and to animate the campus surroundings.

Project Details

Architect: Williams Blackstock Architects; Birmingham, Ala.
ASSOCIATED FIRM: Cannon Design - St. Louis, Mo.
Construction Cost: $21.3 million
Square Feet: 152,275
Occupancy: May 2005

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Aalco Manufacturing Co.

Bleachers/Grandstands: Aalco Manufacturing Co.

Chemical Control Systems: Siemens Water Technologies

Cleaners/Vacuums: Aqua Products Inc.

Climbing Walls: Entre Prises USA Climbing Walls

Court Panels/Glass: Hollman Inc.

Dashers: Athletica

Divider Curtains: Aalco Manufacturing Co.

Elliptical Equipment: Life Fitness

Free Weight Equipment: Life Fitness

Group Cycling: Star Trac

Lane Markers: Competitor Swim Products

Lockers: Republic Storage Systems Co.

Saunas/Whirlpools: Saunatec Inc.

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Stair Climbers: Life Fitness

Stationary Bikes: Life Fitness

Surface: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surface: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surfaces, Multipurpose: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surfaces, Track: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Swimsuit Dryer: Extractor Corp.

Treadmills: Life Fitness

Water Play Features: Vortex Aquatic Structures Int'l Inc.