The Lodge at Des Peres

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The Lodge at Des Peres

Des Peres, MO 2006

Project Description

The design of The Lodge provides a community center environment that’s different from nearby community centers.

To take advantage of the 10.9-acre site’s topography, the two-story components housing the gym and pool appear to be one story tall at the main entry, yet preserve views and permit natural lighting via a two-story elevation at the rear. The tight site required a compact water park design that allows parents to watch their children in different activity zones from one location.

The Lodge incorporates a variety of user functions within a single facility. The free zone of the building includes classrooms, a child-care area, administrative offices, meeting rooms, a television viewing lounge and a large social space in the lobby. Primary recreation components include a two-court gymnasium, an elevated jogging track, a fitness center, a wave pool, a lap pool, and a multipurpose dance and aerobics room. The facility also includes an expansive outdoor water park with a tot spray garden, a cool-water whirlpool, a lazy river, slides and a bathhouse/concessions stand.

Interior finishes were carefully selected to replicate the warm, comforting environment of a mountain ski lodge. Natural stone used on the outside is also brought inside to the main lobby space. Exposed Douglas fir timbers provide an ambiance that is nontraditional in a typical Midwest community center. A slate floor at the upper level enhances that feel of warmth and durability.

Project Details

Architect: Hastings & Chivetta Architects Inc.; St. Louis, Mo.
Aquatic Design Engineer: Counsilman•Hunsaker; St. Louis, Mo.
Construction Cost: $19.34 million
Square Feet: 76,365
Occupancy: November 2003

Aerobics Flooring: Aacer Flooring LLC

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Aalco Manufacturing Co.

Basketball Surfaces: Aacer Flooring LLC

Divider Curtains: Aalco Manufacturing Co.

Elliptical Equipment: Precor Inc.

Elliptical Equipment: Star Trac

Fitness Center Flooring: Everlast Performance Flooring

Floor Covers: Porter Athletic Equipment

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Free Weight Equipment: Intek Strength

Free Weight Equipment: Nautilus Inc.

Free Weight Equipment: Flex Fitness Inc.

Handicapped Equipment: Spectrum Aquatics

Lighting: Holophane

Lockers: Lyon Workspace Products

Multipurpose Surfaces: Aacer Flooring LLC

Pool Chemical Control Systems: Siemens

Pool Cleaners/Vacuums: Aqua Products Inc.

Pool Dehumidifiers: PoolPak Inc.

Pool Filters: Neptune-Benson Inc.

Pool Gutters: Lawson Aquatics Inc.

Pool Sanitization Systems: Arch Chemicals Inc.

Pool Shade Structures: Glen Raven, Inc.

Pool Water Play Features: Fountain People Inc., The

Rowers: Concept2 Inc.

Saunas/Whirlpools: McCoy Sauna & Steam

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Nevco Scoreboard Company

Stair Climbers: Nautilus Inc.

Stationary Bikes: Precor Inc.

Strength Equipment: Flex Fitness Inc.

Strength Equipment: Nautilus Inc.

Track Surfaces: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Treadmills: Life Fitness

Wall Padding: Aalco Manufacturing Co.