Blue Ash Recreation Center Renovation and Expansion

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Blue Ash Recreation Center Renovation and Expansion

Blue Ash, Ohio 2010

Project Description

A priority throughout the planning stages of the Blue Ash Recreation Center project was creating a fluid tie-in between new and existing spaces. The facility now includes 76,000 new/renovated square feet and 44,000 square feet of space that was left untouched or lightly renovated.

The welcome desk, designed to be the heart of the facility, is placed under an existing skylight that fills the space with natural light. A separate indoor check-in point was created for the outdoor pool. The main focus of the project is the two-story, 24,000-square-foot fitness center, which includes two studio rooms and a 1/10-mile elevated track. Other features include a climbing wall, gymnasiums, locker rooms, saunas and a whirlpool, meeting rooms, a café/lounge and a game room.

One of the main elements that provides an aesthetic basis for the renovation and expansion is the masonry detail that complements both the existing building and new construction. The brick format was continued in the patterning of the floor tile. Light wood tones and polished blue surfaces were used as accents within the space. Translucency, both horizontally as well as vertically, reinforce this concept. This is all paired with a composition of large graphics that bring a slight push of color into a neutral palette.

Project Details

Architect: MSA Architects; Cincinnati, Ohio
Construction Cost: $12.8 million
Square Feet: 120,000
Occupancy: May 2009

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic Inc.

Bleachers/Grandstands: BSN Sports

Cardiovascular Equipment: Woodway, Precor, Star-Trac, Schwinn, Concept 2, Cy

Climbing Walls: Rockwerx

Entertainment Systems: Cardio Theatre via Commercial Fitness Solutions

Flooring, Fitness Center: Carpetland

Free-Weight Equipment: Hammer Strength, Ivanko, Max Rack,

Lockers: Penco Products Inc.

Multipurpose: Cincinnati Flooring

Saunas/Whirlpools: oVia Agean Bath and Spa, O

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Fair-Play Scoreboards

Sound Systems: Sound Force Inc.

Strength Equipment: Life Fitness (Selectorized)

Track: Pulastic via Robbins Sports Surfaces

Wall Padding: BSN Sports