Lou Higgins Center Renovation and Addition Baldwin-Wallace College

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Lou Higgins Center Renovation and Addition Baldwin-Wallace College

Berea, OH 2006

Project Description

This addition and renovation greatly expands the existing recreational opportunities for Baldwin-Wallace students. Recreation programs utilizing the existing field house, gym, weight rooms and offices had long ago outgrown their 1980s-era home. The additions more than double the size of existing fitness spaces and open up the facility to allow abundant natural light in previously windowless areas.

The program also renovates existing classrooms, meeting spaces, and formal and informal lounges, and provides new offices for faculty, staff and coaches. A new front door to campus along a major boulevard was created by pulling the entrance back from the street, which allowed space for a future courtyard and put the focus on a towering glass-encased fitness space.

All main entrances were converted from formerly hard-to-find dark inset doors into new outward focal points, enhancing safety and wayfinding. The use of different glass colors, frits and low-E coatings at entrances enhance the facility’s appeal. Moreover, the curving glass entrances are inviting and introduce natural light to the building cores. Brick and metal panels help give the large building masses a pedestrian scale, and masonry banding and brick soldier courses visually tie the additions into an ensemble.

Inside, three lounge spaces offer students space to socialize and infuse life into the facility. In addition, paint and color schemes, carpeting and ceilings were updated throughout to freshen the facility’s look.

Project Details

Architect: Moody•Nolan Inc.; Columbus, Ohio
Construction Cost: $6 million
Square Feet: 18,000 (new), 32,000 (renovated)
Occupancy: October 2005

Entertainment Systems: Sony Corp. of America

Fitness Center Flooring: Mondo USA

Free Weight Equipment: Hammer Strength

Lockers: Penco Products Inc.

Rowers: Life Fitness

Saunas/Whirlpools: HydroWorx International Inc.

Stair Climbers: Nautilus Inc.

Stair Climbers: Life Fitness

Stationary Bikes: Life Fitness

Strength Equipment: Life Fitness

Treadmills: Life Fitness