Nova Southeastern University

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Nova Southeastern University


Project Description

The University Center at Nova Southeastern University was conceived as a mixed-use hub of student, faculty and public activity. Totaling more than 300,000 square feet, the center supports student recreation and activities, intercollegiate athletics and performing arts.

Exterior design elements respect the existing campus palette of glass and precast concrete. Activity spaces are visible from the exterior during both day and night. Inside, a galleria spine is the primary organizing element for all social activity.

The facility’s three levels include fitness space, racquetball courts, a two-court gymnasium, a climbing wall, multipurpose rooms, lockers and support facilities. Secure access is provided to the pool and sun deck areas. The arena meets the university’s requirement of 5,400 seats for concerts and commencement ceremonies. It provides adequate space for banquets and other events, but also an intimate environment for intercollegiate basketball and volleyball. Upper-level seating can be sealed off by 50-foot-high stacking partitions to create an even more intimate atmosphere. The performing arts wing includes a black box theater, a scenery-construction workshop, a dance theater and academic facilities.

Project Details

Architect: Cannon Design; Washington, D.C.
Associated Firm: EDSA; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Construction Cost: $64 million
Square Feet: 344,600
Occupancy: September 2006

Arena Seating: Irwin Seating Co.

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Spalding

Bleachers/Grandstands: Irwin Seating Co.

Climbing Walls: Entre Prises Climbing Walls

Court Panels/Glass: A Best Enterprises Inc.

Court Panels/Glass: Fiberesin Industries Inc.

Divider Curtains: Spalding

Dryers: UniMac

Elliptical Equipment: Star Trac

Exercise Balls: Power Systems Inc.

Floor Finishes: Connor Sport Court

Flooring: Crossfield Products Corp.

Flooring, Aerobics: Connor Sport Court

Flooring, Fitness Center: Johnsonite

Folding Chairs: Clarin

Free Weight Equipment: Star Trac

Free Weight Equipment: Flex Fitness

Hydrotherapy Tank: HydroWorx International Inc.

Lockers: Penco Products Inc.

Rehabilitation/Testing Units: Polar Electro Inc.

Rowers: Concept2 CTS Inc.

Saunas/Whirlpools: McCoy Sauna & Steam

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Scorer's Tables: Daktronics Inc.

Stair Climbers: Star Trac

Stationary Bikes: Star Trac

Surface: Connor Sport Court

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Spalding

Wall Padding: Spalding

Washers: UniMac