Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports Renovation and Expansion - Southern Methodist University

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Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports Renovation and Expansion - Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX 2008

Project Description

The new Dedman Center is a stunning contrast to the original. From the brick and cast-stone entrance rotunda, to the sunlit heart of the building, the center is open, airy and easy to navigate. The building invites participation with dramatic views and well connected interior spaces.

Providing natural light to the dungeon-like existing building was an important design goal. Punching windows into the old building opened up the interior while providing aesthetic symmetry to the exterior. The 15,000-square-foot fitness center’s cherry-lined ceiling clouds reflect light, resulting in a bright, open space. Granite floors, cherry-wood columns, and plaster wall surfacing (in lieu of natural limestone) create an earthy, warm and classical environment. The central stairway provides a grand entry with direct access to all program areas. The five-lane indoor recreational pool can be seen from the lobby, and a 40- foot climbing wall, framed by cherry columns and four indoor court spaces (including a MAC and soccer area), serves as the building’s centerpiece. The gymnasia are surrounded by an indoor jogging track, expanded from its original tight radius configuration.

Incorporating the university’s classic Georgian architecture, the recreation center’s domed copper-clad rotunda mimics several building shapes on campus. The open-air entry rotunda has a strong visual connection to an outdoor shallow-water pool with 7-foot waterfalls, as well as to sand volleyball courts, emphasizing the Dedman Center’s stature as a dynamic social gathering place.

Project Details

Architect: Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford; Ft. Worth, Texas
ASSOCIATED FIRM: RDG Planning & Design Des Moines, Iowa
AQUATIC DESIGN ENGINEER: CT Brannon Corporation Tyler, Texas
Construction Cost: $24.1 million
Square Feet: 65,000 (new), 80,000 (renovation)
Occupancy: May 2006

Access Ramps/Stairs: Spectrum Aquatics

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Draper Inc.

Climbing Walls: Entre Prises Climbing Walls

Dashers: Becker Arena Products Inc.

Dehumidifiers: Harmsco Inc.

Divider Curtains: Draper Inc.

Elliptical Equipment: Life Fitness

Elliptical Equipment: Precor Incorporated

Elliptical Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Filters: Nemato Corp.

Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Free Weight Equipment: Hammer Strength

Free Weight Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Free Weight Equipment: Power Lift

Free Weight Equipment: Quantum Fitness Corp.

Gutters: Superior Swim Systems Inc.

Heaters: Dectron Inc.

Rowers: Concept2 Inc.

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Fair-Play Scoreboards

Skylights: Structures Unlimited Inc.

Sound Systems: Community Professional Loudspeakers

Stair Climbers: StairMaster Health & Fitness Products Inc.

Stationary Bikes: Life Fitness

Strength Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Strength Equipment: Quantum Fitness Corp.

Strength Equipment: FreeMotion Fitness

Strength Equipment: Life Fitness

Surface: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surfaces, Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surfaces, Multipurpose: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surfaces, Track: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Swimsuit Dryer: Extractor Corp.

Treadmills: Star Trac

Treadmills: NordicTrack

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