University of Houston - Campus Recreation and Wellness Center

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University of Houston - Campus Recreation and Wellness Center

Houston, TX 2007

Project Description

Back in 1997, when University of Houston President Arthur K. Smith called for ?the creation of a physical environment that facilitates the connection between physical fitness, academic success and personal wellness,? he was articulating a whole new vision for UH campus life for more than 34,400 students.

The manifestation of that vision is the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The university dedicated a premier piece of its real estate to locate the center at the primary point of entry to the campus. Although it is enormous in size and scope, the building layout is interlaced with sightlines and punctuated with visual reminders that connect users to activities at its core. The climbing wall, for example, can be seen from virtually every interior point. Visual connections to the campus and the city skyline tempt the eye throughout the facility.

The exterior is composed of rigorously proportioned brick, granite and glass with arc forms and clerestories designed to convey the dynamic social and fitness activities within. This palette of materials is also used throughout the facility?s interior to create continuity and reinforce the strong sense of place. An outdoor aquatic zone features water slides, a zero-depth entry, lap lanes and a whirlpool surrounded by rock forms and palm trees, all of which are viewable from the indoor track and fitness zone.

Project Details

Architect: Hughes Group Architects; Sterling, Va.
ASSOCIATED FIRM: Page Southerland Page - Houston, Texas
AQUATIC DESIGN ENGINEER: Water Technology Inc. - Beaver Dam, Wis.
Construction Cost: $42.73 million
Square Feet: 264,000
Occupancy: May 2004

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Schelde North America

Bulkheads: Paddock Pool Equipment Co. Inc.

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

Cleaners/Vacuums: Brock Enterprises

Climbing Walls: Nicros Inc.

Dehumidifiers: PoolPak Inc.

Divider Curtains: Aalco Manufacturing Co.

Diving Towers: Duraflex Int'l Corp.

Elliptical Equipment: Life Fitness

Elliptical Equipment: Precor Incorporated

Filters: Paddock Pool Equipment Co. Inc.

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo

Free Weight Equipment: Magnum Fitness Systems

Handicapped Equipment: Spectrum Aquatics

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

Lane Markers: Competitor Swim Products

Lighting: Holophane

Lighting: Holophane

Lockers: Hollman Inc.

Rowers: Concept2 Inc.

Sanitization Systems: PPG Industries

Saunas/Whirlpools: McCoy Sauna & Steam

Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Stair Climbers: Nautilus Inc.

Stair Climbers: Life Fitness

Stair Climbers: Precor Incorporated

Starting Blocks: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair

Stationary Bikes: Life Fitness

Strength Equipment: Life Fitness

Strength Equipment: Magnum Fitness Systems

Strength Equipment: FreeMotion Fitness

Surface: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surface: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surfaces, Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surfaces, Multipurpose: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surfaces, Tennis: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surfaces, Track: Mondo

Swimsuit Dryer: Extractor Corp.

Tennis Court Nets/Posts: Schelde North America

Treadmills: Life Fitness

Treadmills: Precor Incorporated

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Schelde North America

Water Play Features: WhiteWater West Industries Ltd.