Old Dominion University Recreation Center

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Old Dominion University Recreation Center

Norfolk, Va. 2010

Project Description

The Old Dominion University Recreation Center project involved the demolition of most of an existing field house and the creation of a state-of-the-art recreation facility built around the existing natatorium. Plan efficiency was achieved with a central “main street” — highlighted by interspersed skylights — that connects and unifies the facility’s major activity spaces. A number of large interior windows and open spaces allow activities to be visible to pedestrians outside. The “main street” also includes built-in wood benches along the perimeter for socializing and downtime.

Along with the existing natatorium and locker rooms, the facility contains a two-story climbing wall near the main entrance, with skylights providing natural illumination for climbers. An elevated jogging track passes by a three-court open gymnasium and a multipurpose activity court. Other amenities include a 15,000-square-foot fitness center, a juice bar, high-ceilinged group exercise studios, a three-tiered group cycling studio, three racquetball courts, a multipurpose court, classrooms, office space, conference rooms and specialized research laboratories.

A large, curved glass-wall facade ties the facility to a nearby convocation center while making activity areas visible to students outside.

Project Details

Architect: Moseley Architects; Virginia Beach, Va.
Architect: Hastings & Chivetta Architects Inc.; St. Louis, Mo.
Construction Cost: $23.5 million
Square Feet: 152,000
Occupancy: March 2009

Acoustical Ceiling Panels: USG Interiors

Basketball: Aacer Flooring LLC

Climbing Walls: Nicros Inc. Climbing Wall Systems

Divider Curtains: Performance Sports Systems

Flooring, Aerobics: Aacer Flooring LLC

Flooring, Fitness Center: Key Resin Company

Multipurpose: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Racquetball/Squash Courts: Aacer Flooring LLC

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Nevco Inc.

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Partition Systems Inc.

Track: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Wall Padding: Gared Sports