Butler University - Health and Recreation Complex

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Butler University - Health and Recreation Complex

Indianapolis, IN 2007

Project Description

The Health and Recreation Complex integrates the functions of student recreation, swim-team practice, Student Health Services and Counseling Services into one exciting center.

The elevations relate to an adjacent historic gymnasium and other campus buildings through the use of brick and limestone. Cutting into a hillside lowers the building to keep it from competing with the size of the gym. Clerestory windows and metal overhangs visually separate the roof and reduce the effective height of the building. A strong, cantilevered roof on the south points to the main campus.

The building interior creates excitement by providing views into the fitness spaces, gym and pool. Beyond the building?s free zone, the interior opens up to three stories of fitness spaces, the gym below, the track above and the woods beyond, creating a sense of openness.

Fitness spaces are on three levels: a lower level dedicated to free weights, an entry level of cardio and selectorized equipment and an upper-level cardio balcony. Two multipurpose rooms provide space for aerobics and other activities. One room has a traditional wood floor, while the other utilizes a synthetic floor and a connection to the pool to allow the room to also serve as a wet classroom or party room.

Project Details

Architect: Moody
EXECUTIVE ARCHITECT: RATIO Architects Inc. - Indianapolis, Ind.
AQUATIC TECHNICAL DESIGN ENGINEER: Circle Design Group Inc. - Indianapolis, Ind.
PROGRAMMING/OPERATIONAL CONSULTANT: Brailsford & Dunlavey - Washington, D.C.
Construction Cost: $14.5 million
Square Feet: 83,000
Occupancy: September 2006

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Spalding

Chemical Control Systems: Palintest USA

Cleaners/Vacuums: Aqua Products Inc.

Divider Curtains: Institutional Products Inc.

Elliptical Equipment: Precor Incorporated

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Flooring, Aerobics: Mondo

Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo

Flooring, Fitness Center: Connor Sports Flooring

Handicapped Equipment: Spectrum Aquatics

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

Lane Markers: Competitor Swim Products

Lighting: Sportlite Inc.

Rowers: Concept2 Inc.

Saunas/Whirlpools: McCoy Sauna & Steam

Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Competitor Swim Products

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Nevco Scoreboard Company

Sound Systems: Nevco Scoreboard Company

Stationary Bikes: Precor Incorporated

Strength Equipment: Hampton Fitness Products Ltd.

Strength Equipment: Gibson Inc.

Strength Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Surfaces, Basketball: Connor Sports Flooring

Surfaces, Track: Mondo

Swimsuit Dryer: Extractor Corp.

Treadmills: Precor Incorporated

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Spieth Anderson U.S.A. Inc.

Wall Padding: Spalding

Water Play Features: S.R. Smith

Water Play Features: Dunn-Rite Products Inc.