Mesa State College

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Mesa State College

Grand Junction, Colo. 2011

Project Description

This renovation of The Maverick Center was intended to create a campus landmark that relates to the natural landscape while serving the Western Slope community. A valuable asset in the recruitment of students, the center now creates a north anchor to the campus and has effectively integrated related departments — including athletics, nursing and kinesiology — that were traditionally separated physically.

The new natatorium provides fixed seating for 750 with views to the surrounding mountain ranges. The barrel vault of the natatorium was designed to control noise without distracting lapidary panels hanging from the ceiling. The decking is a specially coated acoustic structural metal surface that spans the entire 36 feet between trusses. The running track extends out through adjoining spaces, including the expanded fitness area, giving runners the option to stay on the 11-laps-per-mile loop or choose the five-laps-per-mile loop.

The 26,000-square-foot fitness center features a variety of strength training and cardio equipment, much of which routes power back to the grid. (A 30-minute workout can produce enough electricity to power a laptop computer for an hour.) Aside from being a biomechanics and sport research facility, the human performance lab also can be set up as a lecture-ready classroom.

Project Details

Architect: Chamberlin Architects; Grand Junction, Colo.
Architect of Record: Sink Combs Dethlefs; Denver, Colo.
Aquatic Design Engineer : Counsilman-Hunsaker; Denver, Colo.
Construction Cost: $41 million
Square Feet: 322,000
Occupancy: May 2010

Assessment & Monitoring Equipment: Commercial Fitness

Assessment & Monitoring Equipment: Advanced Exercise

Bleachers/Grandstands: Hussey Seating Co.

Bulkheads: Stark Bulkhead Co.

Cardiovascular Equipment: Advanced Exercise

Cardiovascular Equipment: Commercial Fitness

Chemical Control Systems: ETS UV Technology

Cleaners/Vacuums: Taylor Wharton pH buffer

Diving Boards: Duraflex Int'l Corp.

Filtration Systems: Nemato Corp.

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Flooring, Aerobics: Aacer Flooring

Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo

Flooring, Fitness Center: Aacer Flooring

Free-Weight Equipment: Advanced Exercise

Lighting: Beta Calco custom pendant

Lighting: Assymetric Halide by GE for pool lighting

Lockers: Bradly Corp.

Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Colorado Time Systems

Sound Systems: Creston

Starting Blocks: Spectrum Aquatics

Strength Equipment: Advanced Exercise

Strength Equipment: Advanced Exercise

Taping/Treatment Tables: New World Millwork

Track: Aacer Flooring

Track & Field Equipment: Aacer Flooring