The Health and Fitness Center at Washtenaw Community College


The Health and Fitness Center at Washtenaw Community College

Ann Arbor, MI 2008

Project Description

The Health & Fitness Center at Washtenaw Community College is being hailed as the first LEED Gold certified student health and wellness center in the country. Sustainable design features include automated lighting, salt-treated pool water, and heating and cooling measures that include a reflective white roof, a central boiler that recaptures heat and room monitoring sensors that automatically control temperature. 

The first campus student recreation center in school history also welcomes community membership, and the building accommodates each demographic group separately with two entries: one that links directly to the campus and another that features quick access to the childcare center, express lockers and parking lots. One control point serves all members and guests, as do a café, a retail store and classrooms for community meetings and events.

Shades of warm gold and cool green were combined with natural maple and birch wood finishes, creating a light and airy backdrop for recreation center activities. Terra cotta accents and copper metallic forms further enhance key building elements. High-traffic floor surfaces were made of post-industrial recycled porcelain tile, complemented by natural slate borders. Recycled or renewable flooring is also found in fitness areas, the gymnasium, and Pilates, yoga and aerobics studios. Natural light floods the spaces through numerous perimeter windows and a high-tech skylight design.

Project Details

Architect: Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative; Denver, Colo.
Construction Cost: $14.1 million
Square Feet: 76,000
Occupancy: August 2007

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Draper Inc.

Chemical Control Systems: TMI Salt Pure Corp.

Cleaners/Vacuums: Brock Enterprises

Dryers: UniMac

Elliptical Equipment: Octane Fitness

Elliptical Equipment: Life Fitness

Elliptical Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Elliptical Equipment: Precor Incorporated

Entertainment Systems: CardioVision Inc.

Ergometers: SCIFIT Systems Inc.

Exercise Balls: Thera-Band Products/Hygenic Corp.

Filters: Neptune-Benson Inc.

Floor Finishes: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Free Weight Equipment: Hammer Strength

Free Weight Equipment: Troy Barbell & Fitness

Gutters: Grate Technologies

Handicapped Equipment: Spectrum Aquatics

Heaters: Pentair Water Pool and Spa

Ladders/Grab Bars: S.R. Smith

Lane Markers: Competitor Swim Products

Lighting: Insight Lighting

Lockers: Classic Woodworking LLC

Pilates Equipment: Balanced Body Inc.

Rowers: Concept2 Inc.

Sanitization Systems: TMI Salt Pure Corp.

Sanitization Systems: ClearWater Tech, LLC

Saunas/Whirlpools: Saunatec Inc.

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc.

Sound Systems: CardioVision Inc.

Stair Climbers: Life Fitness

Stair Climbers: Nautilus Inc.

Stair Climbers: NuStep Inc.

Stationary Bikes: Life Fitness

Stationary Bikes: Star Trac

Strength Equipment: Hammer Strength

Surface: SGM

Surfaces, Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surfaces, Multipurpose: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Swimsuit Dryer: Extractor Corp.

Treadmills: Life Fitness

Treadmills: Precor Incorporated

Treadmills: Star Trac

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Draper Inc.

Wall Padding: Draper Inc.

Washers: UniMac