Davenport University Student Center

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Davenport University Student Center


Project Description

Featuring a large, illuminated DU logo on its exterior, the center creates a dramatic impression from the nearby freeway and reinforces the university’s landmark presence. Twelve-foot-tall clerestory windows progress around the top of the field house and auxiliary gym, radiating a sense of energy and light while defining the edge of the roof that visually floats above the cast stone walls.

From the towering climbing wall at the entrance to the auxiliary gym and running track, the center creates a contemporary, student-focused environment with numerous enclaves for studying or just relaxing. Glass walls and the open environment create views from each main program area to the next. Panoramic views of the university’s soccer/lacrosse field can be found throughout the facility.

Through coaches’ offices, locker rooms and a 1,500-seat field house (DU’s first-ever home court for basketball and volleyball teams), the facility will help serve the school’s 18 men’s and women’s sports teams. Red and black school colors and the panther mascot are reinforced in carpet tiling and red leather chairs in the President’s Conference Room, as well as throughout the TV lounge, café and fitness club areas.

Project Details

Architect: Integrated Architecture; Grand Rapids, Mich.
Construction Cost: $13.1 million
Square Feet: 80,000
Occupancy: October 2008

Arena Seating: Irwin Seating Co.

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Aalco Manufacturing Co.

Bleachers/Grandstands: Irwin Seating Co.

Climbing Walls: Entre Prises Climbing Walls

Entertainment Systems: Cardio Theater

Exercise Balls: Thera-Band Products/Hygenic Corp.

Floor Covers: Covermaster Inc.

Floor Finishes: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Flooring: Dur-A-Flex

Flooring, Fitness Center: Mats Inc.

Folding Chairs: Schelde North America

Folding Chairs: Clarin

Goal Posts: Fair-Play Scoreboards

Lighting: Schelde North America

Lockers: Ideal Products Inc.

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Fair-Play Scoreboards

Scorer's Tables: Fair-Play Scoreboards

Surfaces, Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surfaces, Multipurpose: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surfaces, Track: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Schelde North America

Wall Padding: Schelde North America