Western Oregon University Health & Wellness Center Renovation and Addition

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Western Oregon University Health & Wellness Center Renovation and Addition

Monmouth, Ore. 2012

Project Description

A complex renovation and addition project, the Health and Wellness Center brings academics, athletics and recreation under one roof at Western Oregon University. The new building ties into the renovated gymnasium and natatorium, and the internal circulation is dramatically simplified and updated while vastly improving accessibility. Multiple entrance points allow for campus-wide access by the center’s multiple users.

The design team strived to make the center an open, dynamic space. Views to upper levels, along with the use of intermediate half levels, heighten the sense of activity and energize the space. Multiple overlooks create spaces for stretching, conversation and observation of various athletic activities. Exterior sliding glass doors allow fresh air and light into the space, while wood acoustical panels are used throughout the interior, and the works of Northwest artists permeate the building.

The massing of the building and the exterior materials palette respond to the surrounding university campus. A sloping roof, along with windows and landscaping, responds to the smaller building scale to the south, which is the border between the campus and a residential zone. Brick size and color were carefully selected to match the existing building. A bronze-finish, V-shaped metal panel adds rhythm and variation to the facade. Horizontal louvers on the south-facing gym windows block heat gain from the summer sun but allow the low winter sun to warm the building, while vertical mesh fins help shade the west-facing windows of the cardio/weight room.

Project Details

Architect of Record: Opsis Architecture; Portland, Ore.
Aquatic Design Engineer: Water Technology Inc.; Beaver Dam, Wis.
Construction Cost: $23.7 million
Square Feet: 124,000
Occupancy: March 2011

Assessment & Monitoring Equipment: Vermont Systems Inc.

Basketball: Connor Sports Flooring

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Draper Inc.

Cardiovascular Equipment: Precor Incorporated

Chemical Control Systems: Chemtrol, Div. of Santa Barbara Control Systems

Cleaners/Vacuums: Harmsco Filtration Products

Climbing Walls: Entre Prises Climbing Walls

Court Panels/Glass Walls: Allied Products LLC

Covers: Spectrum Aquatics

Divider Curtains: Draper Inc.

Dryers: Pellerin Milnor Corp.

Filtration Systems: Neptune-Benson Inc.

Floor Covers: Covermaster Inc.

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Flooring, Aerobics: Connor Sports Flooring

Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo

Free-Weight Equipment: Life Fitness

Gutters: Lawson Aquatics Inc.

Hydrotherapy Tanks: Polarzone-NW LLC

Ladders/Grab Bars: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair

Lane Markers: Recreation Supply Co. Inc.

Lockers: Scranton Products

Multipurpose: Connor Sports Flooring

Multipurpose: Mondo

Racquetball/Squash Courts: Connor Sports Flooring

Sanitization Systems: Neptune-Benson Inc.

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Scranton Products

Sound Systems: Crown Audio Engineered Systems

Starting Blocks: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair

Strength Equipment: Life Fitness

Swimsuit Extractors: Extractor Corp.

Track: Mondo

Volleyball: Connor Sports Flooring

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Sports Imports (Senoh)

Wall Padding: Draper Inc.

Washers: Pellerin Milnor Corp.