University of South Alabama Student Recreation Center

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University of South Alabama Student Recreation Center

Mobile, Ala. 2011

Project Description

Designed to attract students and faculty to an inspiring environment, the student recreation center features a fitness center, group exercise rooms, basketball and racquetball courts, an indoor track, indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, a climbing wall and a juice bar. As the building wraps around a stand of legacy oak trees, the functionally efficient plan creates a single access-control point, beyond which users can enter the outdoor courtyard and pool deck.

A palette of brick, cast stone and wood detailing brings warmth, texture and craftsmanship to the interior environment, while floor-to-ceiling windows allow ample daylight for a bright, fresh atmosphere. Wood detailing features prominently, including in the ceiling structure and in paneling for the indoor pool and weight room.

A double-height, elliptical-shaped feature provides the campus corner site with a landmark identity, its upper windows emitting a lantern-like glow in the evening. The three-court gymnasium and upper-level jogging track allow for nighttime views into the activity areas. The exterior detailing of brick, cast stone and metal roof respects the traditional campus vernacular.

Maximizing its prominent location at a main campus entry, the building preserves existing trees and allows for a spacious central courtyard, as well as a multiuse, landscaped pool area. The building is sited to present a two-story presence along street-side facades, and a more intimate, casual presence in the central courtyard.

Project Details

Architect: Sasaki Associates Inc. ; Watertown, Mass.
Architect of Record: WHLC Architecture; Baton Rouge, La.
Aquatic Design Engineer: Counsilman-Hunsaker; St. Louis, Mo.
Construction Cost: $33 million
Square Feet: 117,000
Occupancy: August 2010

Assessment & Monitoring Equipment: Tanita Corp. of America

Assessment & Monitoring Equipment: Power Systems

Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Performance Sports Systems

Bleachers/Grandstands: BSN Sports

Cardiovascular Equipment: True Fitness

Chemical Control Systems: TMI Salt Pure Corporation

Cleaners/Vacuums: Aqua Products

Climbing Walls: Eldorado Climbing Walls

Court Panels/Glass Walls: The Court Company

Dashers: Sports Systems Inc.

Dehumidifiers: PoolPak International

Divider Curtains: Performance Sports Systems

Dryers: UniMac

Entertainment Systems: Samsung / NEC / Da-Lite

Filtration Systems: Neptune-Benson Inc.

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Flooring: Tnemec Company Inc.

Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Flooring, Fitness Center: Interface

Free-Weight Equipment: Troy Barbell & Fitness

Gutters: Grate Technologies

Heaters: Armstrong

Ladders/Grab Bars: Spectrum Aquatics

Lane Markers: Competitior Swim Products

Lighting: Cooper Lighting

Lockers: List Industries Inc.

Lockers: Superior

Multipurpose: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Pre-Engineered Structures: Structural Wood Systems

Racquetball/Squash Courts: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Sanitization Systems: Pentair Pool Products

Saunas/Whirlpools: Finlandia/Harvia Sauna Products

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Hadrian Inc.

Sound Systems: Atlas Sound

Strength Equipment: Magnum Fitness Systems

Track: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Volleyball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Performance Sports Systems

Wall Padding: Performance Sports Systems

Washers: UniMac

Water Play Features: Spectrum Aquatics