University of Missouri-Columbia - Student Recreation Complex, Renovation and Expansion


University of Missouri-Columbia - Student Recreation Complex, Renovation and Expansion

Columbia, MO 2007

Project Description

The student recreation complex on the University of Missouri?s flagship campus blends new construction with renovations to the existing recreation center and two historic buildings — Brewer Field House, built in 1924, and Rothwell Gymnasium, built in 1905.

To overcome the challenge of integrating four buildings from different eras into one complex, designers clad the addition?s exterior in light-colored stone and cast-stone panels to complement the historic buildings? limestone rubble facade. In addition, the gabled, metal roofs of the former Rothwell Gymnasium and Brewer Field House are repeated throughout the entire complex.

Inside, upgrades were made to the gymnasium, suspended track, locker rooms and meeting rooms. Wood paneling, high ceilings and original fireplaces were restored in a spacious conference room formerly used as a trophy room. Training spaces, racquet sport courts, exercise studios and recreation department offices also were improved.

The center?s interior is themed around Mizzou?s tiger mascot, featuring indoor tropical gardens and a palette of the school?s black and gold combined with lush jungle colors. This theme is perhaps most prominent in the Tiger Grotto, an indoor leisure pool carved out of the former Rothwell gym shell. The Grotto is flanked by lifelike palms, rockscapes, a large video screen and a waterfall that cascades into a whirlpool. Metal-roofed sauna and steam safari shacks complete the picture. Meanwhile, the Mizzou Aquatic Center features a 50-meter competition pool, a 10-meter diving well with platforms and springboards, seating for 1,000 spectators and a wet classroom.

Project Details

Architect: Hastings & Chivetta Architects Inc.; St. Louis, Mo.
PROGRAMMING/OPERATIONAL CONSULTANT: Ballard*King & Associates - Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Construction Cost: $38.9 million
Square Feet: 286,000
Occupancy: August 2005

Bleachers: Irwin Seating Co.

Bleachers/Grandstands: Irwin Seating Co.

Bulkheads: Stark Bulkhead Co.

Cleaners/Vacuums: Recreonics Inc.

Climbing Walls: Entre Prises USA Climbing Walls

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Flooring, Aerobics: Connor Sports Flooring

Flooring, Fitness Center: Dinoflex Mfg. Ltd.

Gutters: Spectrum Aquatics

Ladders/Grab Bars: Spectrum Aquatics

Lane Markers: Recreonics Inc.

Lockers: Legacy Lockers

Sanitization Systems: Arch Chemicals Inc.

Saunas/Whirlpools: McCoy Sauna & Steam

Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Colorado Time & Colorado Display Systems

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Colorado Time & Colorado Display Systems

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Global Steel Products

Skylights: Major Industries

Starting Blocks: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair

Surfaces, Track: Mondo

Water Play Features: Anti Wave V.I.P.