Facilities of Merit 2013: AUM Wellness Center - Auburn University at Montgomery

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AUM Wellness Center - Auburn University at Montgomery

Montgomery, Ala. 2013
Year in Showcase: 2013

Project Description

The Wellness Center is the gateway, the new front door to AUM, providing a fresh and modern image for the university and increasing its visibility to the public. The center’s innovative “stretch and bend” massing concept embodies the spirit of fitness and motion, inspiring students to pursue lifelong health and wellness. Embracing a 100-year-old oak tree that stands sentinel at the facility’s entry, the center is truly an iconic integration of old and new.

“Fitness neighborhoods” add intimacy to the expansive building and offer a variety of spaces for all levels of users. Amenities include a climbing wall, exercise studios with an outdoor exercise deck, an indoor track, weight and cardio rooms, two classrooms, multipurpose rooms and niche spaces for social gatherings, a state-of-the-art human performance laboratory, and a pool with roll-up doors opening up to an outdoor garden/patio.

Wood ceilings are both structural and functional and also add a warmth and richness to the facility that connects it to its natural surroundings. Maple treads on the main stairway complement wood floors in the gym and exercise studios. Daylight harvesting with automated lighting controls monitor occupancy and daylight to minimize the use of artificial light.

Judge's Comments

Pleasing interior material and spaces. Intriguing plan concept.
Greg Garlock

The use of wood ceilings in the natatorium, gymnasium and fitness areas adds warmth often missing from collegiate projects and enhances acoustic performance.
Mark Hentze

The integration of indoor/outdoor space, dayligting and wood allows this building to feel warm, light and part of its site.
Lindsey Peckinpaugh

Project Details

Architect: 360 Architecture; Kansas City, Mo.
ARCHITECT OF RECORD: Infinity Architecture; Montgomery, Ala.
AQUATIC DESIGN ENGINEER: Counsilman-Hunsaker; St. Louis, Mo.
Construction Cost: $16.2 million
Square Feet: 70,000
Occupancy: August 2012

Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Gared Sports

Cardiovascular Equipment: Matrix Fitness

Chemical Control Systems: Siemans Water Technologies

Climbing Walls: Rockwerx

Construction Manager: B.L. Harbert International, LLC

Deck/Basin Surface: Dal-Tile Corp.

Dryers: Speed Queen

Filtration Systems: Siemens Water Technologies

Flooring: Stonepeak Ceramics

Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Flooring, Fitness Center: Johnsonite

Free-Weight Equipment: Matrix Fitness

Gutters: Lawson Aquatics Inc.

Hydrotherapy Tanks: Endless Pools Inc.

Ladders/Grab Bars: Pentair Aquatic Systems

Lighting: Mayer

Lighting: Pentair Aquatic Systems

Lockers: Legacy Lockers

Multipurpose: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Sanitization Systems: Siemens Water Technologies

Saunas/Whirlpools: Endless Pools Inc.

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Varsity Scoreboards

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Global Partitions

Sound Systems: Moffitt Audio Visual

Strength Equipment: Matrix Fitness

Track: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Volleyball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Gopher

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Jaypro Sports LLC

Washers: Speed Queen

Water Play Features: Pentair Aquatic Systems