War Memorial Recreation Center Renovation Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

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War Memorial Recreation Center Renovation Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

Cambridge, Mass. 2010

Project Description

The Cambridge War Memorial renovation required the complete gutting of an existing three-story, 150,000-square-foot building that had been used as the city’s main recreation and athletic center. Although the building was partially unoccupied during the renovation, the project was under strong pressure to meet aggressive completion times so the adjacent Cambridge Rindge and Latin School could reoccupy the facility.

The existing building, which was solidly constructed in the 1950s, adapted well to new programs, resulting in easy and separate access for student-athletes and community users. The recreation center features three restored pools, a refurbished gymnasium, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a multipurpose room and separate locker room facilities for school and public use. An adjacent field house accommodates courts and an indoor running track.

The nature and scope of the project was extensive and, in some cases, technically challenging, involving hazardous materials abatement; the removal of the existing MEP system, partition walls and interior finishes; new concrete foundations within the building’s basement crawl space; new structural steel framing from the basement to the roof; concrete repair; and new elevators and stairwells. The energy-efficient and well-organized building solution is bright and welcoming, with a low-maintenance, durable palette of materials.

Project Details

Architect: HMFH Architects Inc.; Cambridge, Mass.
Aquatic Design Engineer : Philip A. Porter; Leominster, Mass.
Construction Cost: $25.6 million
Square Feet: 152,000
Occupancy: January 2009

Access Ramps/Stairs: Wausau Tile Inc.

Basketball: Conica

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Draper Inc.

Bleachers: Millwork

Bleachers/Grandstands: Kodiak

Deck/Basin Surface: Dal-Tile Corp.

Divider Curtains: Modernfold Inc.

Diving Boards: Duraflex Int'l Corp.

Floor Covers: Nora Systems Inc.

Flooring: Wausau Tile Inc.

Flooring, Aerobics: Conica

Flooring, Fitness Center: Action

Lockers: Republic

Multipurpose: Action Sports Flooring

Shower/Toilet Partitions: American

Skylights: American

Wall Padding: Draper Inc.

Wrestling Mat Lifter : Draper Inc.