Facilities of Merit 2008: Maverick Activities Center Renovation and Expansion - University of Texas at Arlington

Maverick Activities Center Renovation and Expansion - University of Texas at Arlington

Arlington, TX 2008
Year in Showcase: 2008

Project Description

Constructed in 1962, the original UTA Activity Building was a windowless brick box with no sense of entry and seemingly endless interior corridors. Impressing the judges was the completeness of its renovation and expansion into the Maverick Activities Center. Open corridors providing social spaces and an abundance of natural light transform the feel of the facility, which now boasts a four-court gymnasium encircled by a suspended track, a 22,000-square-foot fitness zone, multipurpose rooms, a computer lounge and food service components. A soaring entry and glass facade provide panoramic campus views for facility users and internal views of the fitness zone for passersby. A three-story atrium fills the spine of the building with natural light, while wood and terrazzo wall and floor finishes are accented with colorful furnishings and sports graphics, all of which contribute to the facility?s vibrant sense of health and wellness.

Judge's Comments

A fresh face and a well-detailed central spine bring a strong sense of space and order.
— Mark Bodien

A very straightforward addition that transforms a dated 1960s building into a new open and inviting student rec center.
— Philip Laird

Great spatial relationships, with dynamic views right upon entry. Nice integration of exterior and interior forms, finishes and patterns.
— Tom Poulos

Project Details

Architect: Page Southerland Page; Houston, Texas
ASSOCIATED FIRM: Hughes Group Architects Sterling, Va.
Major facility components: Gymnasium, jogging track, fitness center, multipurpose rooms, computer lounge, food service area, administration suite, counseling zone, student justice facility
Funded by: Student fees
Construction Cost: $27.1 million
Square Feet: 194,700
Occupancy: September 2007

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Draper Inc.

Climbing Walls: Eldorado Climbing Wall Co.

Divider Curtains: Draper Inc.

Dryers: Speed Queen

Elliptical Equipment: Precor Incorporated

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Flooring, Fitness Center: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo

Free Weight Equipment: Body Masters Sports Industries Inc.

Lighting: Wide-Lite

Lighting: Wide-Lite

Lockers: Sports Unlimited Inc.

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Fair-Play Scoreboards

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Scranton Products

Stationary Bikes: Life Fitness

Stationary Bikes: Schwinn Fitness Products

Strength Equipment: Body Masters Sports Industries Inc.

Surface: Strongwall Industries Inc.

Surfaces, Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surfaces, Track: Mondo

Tennis Court Nets/Posts: Sports Imports Inc. (Senoh)

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

Washers: Speed Queen