Southern Methodist University

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Southern Methodist University


Project Description

For more than a decade, Southern Methodist University espoused the benefits of renovating the Dedman Center. These benefits are now reality.

The new center is a stunning contrast to the original. From the brick and cast-stone entrance rotunda to thesunlit heart of the building, the center is open, airy and easy to navigate, and invites participation with dramaticviews and well-connected interior spaces. Granite floors, cherry wood columns, and Armourcoat wall surfaces create an earthy, warm and classical environment.

Designers incorporated the university’s Georgian architecture into the recreation center. The domed copper-clad rotunda mimics several building shapes on campus, providing continuity, but its open-air concept is unique among campus buildings. The centerpiece of the building is the 40-foot climbing wall, which is framed by cherry columns and four indoor court spaces. The gymnasia are surrounded by the 1/6-mile jogging track, which was expanded from its original narrow, short and tight-radiusconfi guration. The courts are augmented with a multipurpose activity court for soccer and other sports.

Opening up and providing natural light to the dungeon-like existing building was an important design decision. Punching windows into the old building opened up the interior while providing aesthetic exterior symmetry.

Project Details

Architect: Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford; Ft. Worth, Texas
Architect: 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 Filtration Products

Divider Curtains: Draper Inc.

Elliptical Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Elliptical Equipment: Precor Incorporated

Elliptical Equipment: Life Fitness

Filters: Nemato Corp.

Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Free Weight Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Free Weight Equipment: Hammer Strength

Free Weight Equipment: Power Lift

Free Weight Equipment: Quantum Fitness Corp.

Gutters: Superior Swim Systems Inc.

Heaters: Dectron Inc.

Rowers: Concept2 CTS 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: FreeMotion Fitness

Strength Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Strength Equipment: Quantum Fitness Corp.

Strength Equipment: Life Fitness

Surface: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surfaces, Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surfaces, Multipurpose: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surfaces, Track: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Treadmills: Star Trac

Treadmills: Icon Health & Fitness

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Sports Imports (Senoh)