Episcopal High School Centennial Gymnasium Renovation and Expansion

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Episcopal High School Centennial Gymnasium Renovation and Expansion

Alexandria, Va. 2011

Project Description

This renovation and expansion of a 1939 gymnasium — one of several traditional brick structures on campus — respects the original, traditional design. The project more than doubled physical activity space, while maximizing the presence of natural light. The facility also now features three innovative classrooms, locker rooms, an athletics hall of fame and team spaces.

The new facility borrows scale and architectural detailing from the historically significant surrounding structures, and materials selection ensured the new structure is visually similar to the existing campus vernacular. Reflecting the horizontal datum, eave lines, fenestration rhythms, materials and detailing of the surrounding facilities, the building expresses a visually coherent whole, as opposed to being more overtly self-referential.

Modern, highly efficient building systems are incorporated into the early 20th century structure without overwhelming the detailing and scale of interior spaces. Since western light from existing windows in the original gymnasium was too harsh, many were reopened or replaced with a high-performance translucent glazing system that reduces glare, heat and energy loss, while previously dark spaces now feature natural light.

Project Details

Architect: Cannon Design; Arlington, Va.
Construction Cost: $25 million
Square Feet: 60,000
Occupancy: August 2010

Access Ramps/Stairs: Cast In Place Concrete

Basketball: Connor Sport Court

Basketball Backboards/Supports: PSS

Bleachers/Grandstands: Hussey Seating Co.

Deck/Basin Surface: Cast In Place Concrete

Divider Curtains: Performance Sports Systems

Dryers: UniMac

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Flooring: Classic Woodworking LLC

Flooring: Mats Inc.

Flooring, Fitness Center: Center Mats Inc.

Hydrotherapy Tanks: Ferno Hydrotracking

Lighting: Hubbell Lighting Inc.

Lockers: Classic Woodworking LLC

Lockers: Penco Products Inc.

Multipurpose: Connor Sport Court

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Performance Sports Systems

Scorers Tables: Performance Sports Systems

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Ampco

Skylights: Kawneer Framing Systems w/ PPG Glass

Taping/Treatment Tables: PROTEAM by Hausmann

Tennis: Connor Sport Court

Tennis Court Nets/Posts: PSS

Volleyball: Connor Sport Court

Volleyball Nets and Standards: PSS

Washers: UniMac