University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Klotsche Student Recreation Center, Renovation and Addition

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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Klotsche Student Recreation Center, Renovation and Addition

Milwaukee, WI 2007

Project Description

Much has changed in the three decades since the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee opened its Klotsche Center as the primary facility for both intercollegiate athletics and student recreation. With growing demand for space dedicated exclusively to student recreation, UW-Milwaukee embarked on this 135,000-square-foot addition, The Pavilion, doubling the size of the original center.

The project presented several design challenges — the campus is in a fully developed urban area, making space a precious commodity. Additionally, the project site is surrounded on three sides by a state statute-regulated nature conservancy, further limiting the footprint. The design team ultimately developed the building and four levels of underground parking without adversely affecting any trees in the conservancy.

The interior design allows for ease of maintenance. Durable terrazzo floors, impact-resistant drywall and built-in solid maple benches are used throughout. A new central reception/control desk has visual accessibility to both entrances. Open-air bridges connect the two buildings, establishing clear sightlines and encouraging interaction.

Exterior materials pick up on the distinctive reddish/orange brick used in that quadrant of the campus. Flat-seamed copper panels blend with the dark brown mansard siding on the existing building.

Project Details

Architect: Venture Architects Inc. (a joint venture of Kahler Slater Architects Inc. and Zimmerman Architectural Studios); Milwaukee, Wis.
Construction Cost: $29.5 million
Square Feet: 135,000
Occupancy: December 2005

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Aalco Manufacturing Co.

Divider Curtains: Aalco Manufacturing Co.

Elliptical Equipment: Precor Incorporated

Entertainment Systems: Cardio Theater

Floor Finishes: Action Floor Systems LLC

Flooring, Aerobics: Action Floor Systems LLC

Free Weight Equipment: Magnum Fitness Systems

Hydrotherapy Tank: SwimEx Inc.

Hydrotherapy Tank: Ferno Performance Pools

Rehabilitation/Testing Units: SCIFIT Systems Inc.

Rehabilitation/Testing Units: Biodex Medical Systems Inc.

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Collegiate Pacific

Stationary Bikes: Magnum Fitness Systems

Strength Equipment: Magnum Fitness Systems

Surfaces, Basketball: Action Floor Systems LLC

Surfaces, Track: Mondo

Treadmills: Woodway

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Sports Imports Inc. (Senoh)

Wall Padding: Aalco Manufacturing Co.