The College of New Rochelle Wellness Center

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The College of New Rochelle Wellness Center

New Rochelle, N.Y. 2011

Project Description

The Wellness Center is organized centrally around a concourse that physically connects the building’s three levels, linking the natatorium, fitness center and changing/shower rooms on the lower level; the gymnasium, holistic meditation room and offices on the first floor; and the classrooms and running track on the second floor.

Augmented by abundant natural light, exposed concrete and regional granite are the main interior materials, and finishes used convey a serene and natural environment. Complementing this palette are translucent blue and green panels that add a sense of tranquility while preventing glare. The college wanted to construct a high-quality facility that would last at least 100 years, necessitating the use of durable and sometimes more expensive materials, including granite, poured-in-place concrete, aluminum and glass curtainwall.

The exterior is clad in the regional granite found on most of the buildings on the century-old campus. The adjacent 19th century residential neighborhood necessitated sensitivity with regard to the size and scale of the building, thus approximately a third of the program was submerged within the natural slope of the site. A roof with skylights allows natural light into many of the lower-level spaces, including the natatorium and fitness center.

Project Details

Architect: ikon.5 architects; Princeton, N.J.
Aquatic Design Engineer: Urban Suburban Recreation; Deer Park, N.Y.
Construction Cost: $24 million
Square Feet: 55,000
Occupancy: September 2008

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Spalding

Dehumidifiers: Dectron Inc.

Divider Curtains: Spalding

Dryers: UniMac

Floor Covers: Covermaster Inc.

Flooring: Mohawk Carpet Tile

Flooring, Aerobics: Amorium Rubber Flooring and Resilient Oak Strip Flooring

Gutters: Paddock Pool Equipment Co.

Hydrotherapy Tanks: Medco Sports Medicine

Lighting: Kirlin

Lockers: Treeforms Inc.

Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Skylights: Supersky

Track: Abacus Sports Installations

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Sports Imports (Senoh)

Washers: UniMac

Water Play Features: Daktronics Inc.