Biscayne Bay Fitness Center Addition Florida International University

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Biscayne Bay Fitness Center Addition Florida International University

North Miami, Fla. 2010

Project Description

As part of its commitment to enhance on-campus student services, Florida International University sought to reposition its Wolfe University Center as the true heart of student activity. This initiative resulted in fitness additions that capture views of beautiful Biscayne Bay, two ponds and the university’s Olympic-size swimming pool, as well as create visual interest and energy for pedestrians passing by and through the building. The new spaces enliven formerly dead corridors and create a “see and be seen” place, facilitating a stronger student community and a sense of positive campus growth.

The existing center was a mélange of spaces connecting two academic buildings. A service road and underground utility corridor separated the existing center from the pool. By relocating the service road and utilities, designers were able to connect the fitness center to the pool deck both visually and physically. The group exercise studio and staff offices now offer views to the bay.

The new areas fit seamlessly into the existing building. As the shape of the building evolved, curved massing was used in the aerobics room to achieve maximum views. The exterior design improves the existing building image, while maintaining compatibility with color and texture. Interior finishes, materials and colors reinforce massing and the sense of connection between spaces. Exposed structure provides a sense of vertical space in the one-story additions.

Project Details

Architect: Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company LLC; Tampa, Fla.
Aquatic Design Engineer : Edwin M. Green Inc.; Miami, Fla.
Construction Cost: $4.59 million
Square Feet: 72,000
Occupancy: January 2009

Bleachers: Hufcor Inc.

Cardiovascular Equipment: Life Fitness

Chemical Control Systems: Commercial Energy Specialist

Covers: T-Star Enterprises

Diving Boards: Duraflex Int'l Corp.

Dryers: Whirlpool

Flooring, Aerobics: Connor Sport Bond

Flooring, Fitness Center: Trident Building Systems Inc.

Free-Weight Equipment: Hammer Strength/Hampton Fitness

Lockers: Penco Products Inc.

Strength Equipment: Life Fitness

Swimsuit Extractors: Suitmate

Washers: Whirlpool