Hendrix College Wellness and Athletics Center
Hendrix College Wellness and Athletics CenterConway, AK 2008
The Wellness and Athletics Center replaces old Grove Gym as the home of Warrior Athletics and the school’s kinesiology program, and accommodates a greatly enhanced recreation and intramurals program. The WAC includes a 1,100-seat event gymnasium for varsity practices and contests, a two-court recreational gym with a suspended jogging track, a 6,800-square-foot fitness center, a movement studio, a climbing wall and a glass-enclosed 25-yard-by- 25-meter pool with an operable roof. Support features of the project include an athletic training center, a laundry room and equipment storage space, athletics and kinesiology offices, a teaching lab, a multipurpose classroom, six locker rooms and a richly appointed meeting room overlooking the lobby and event gymnasium.
The WAC is designed with varsity team facilities on one side of the two-story lobby and recreational and kinesiology facilities on the other. The building entrance and lobby align with the axis from the center of the academic campus and provide views through the building to the athletic fields beyond. Second-floor faculty/ staff offices, the classroom and the movement studio overlook the athletic field complex to the east.
The designers incorporated the same palette of materials and architectural icons that define the Hendrix College style — red brick with native stone base courses, precast gothic arches and accents, a clay tile roof and copper dormers.
Project DetailsArchitect: Kirchner Architecture P.A.; Little Rock, Ark.
PROGRAMMING/OPERATIONAL CONSULTANT: SportsPLAN Studio Kansas City, Mo.
AQUATIC DESIGN ENGINEER: Aquatic Design Group Carlsbad, Calif.
Construction Cost: $16.1 million
Square Feet: 106,400
Occupancy: September 2007
Access Ramps/Stairs: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Schelde North America
Bleachers/Grandstands: Hussey Seating Co.
Chemical Control Systems: BECS Technology Inc.
Cleaners/Vacuums: Recreonics Inc.
Climbing Walls: Entre Prises Climbing Walls
Divider Curtains: Draper Inc.
Diving Boards: Duraflex Int'l Corp.
Elliptical Equipment: Precor Incorporated
Entertainment Systems: MYE Entertainment LLC
Exercise Balls: Power Systems Inc.
Filters: Nemato Corp.
Floor Covers: Covermaster Inc.
Floor Finishes: Connor Sport Court International
Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.
Flooring, Aerobics: Connor Sport Court International
Free Weight Equipment: Pro Star Sports Inc.
Gutters: Kinematics Ltd.
Handicapped Equipment: RehaMed International LLC
Heaters: Lochinvar Corp.
Hydrotherapy Tank: Ferno Performance Pools
Ladders/Grab Bars: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair
Lane Markers: Competitor Swim Products
Lighting: Pentair Water Pool and Spa
Lighting: Hubbell Lighting Inc.
Lockers: Penco Products Inc.
Pilates Equipment: Power Systems Inc.
Rowers: Pro Star Sports Inc.
Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.
Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.
Scorer's Tables: Bison Inc.
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Santana Products Inc.
Sound Systems: Renkus-Heinz
Starting Blocks: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair
Stationary Bikes: SCIFIT Systems Inc.
Strength Equipment: Pro Star Sports Inc.
Surface: Sunbelt Spas
Surfaces, Basketball: Connor Sport Court International
Surfaces, Track: Surface America Inc.
Swimsuit Dryer: Extractor Corp.
Taping Treatment/Tables: Bailey Manufacturing Co.
Treadmills: TRUE Fitness
Volleyball Nets and Standards: Sports Imports Inc. (Senoh)
Water Play Features: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair