Choice Health & Fitness Center

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Choice Health & Fitness Center

Grand Forks, N.D. 2013

Project Description

choice Health & Fitness Center is a first-of-its-kind facility in Grand Forks, integrating fitness, medical and behavioral health, nutrition, arts, recreation and research while allowing all residents an opportunity to participate.

The center’s design creates a strong visual anchor for the neighborhood while honoring Grand Forks’ history through such architectural forms as pitched roofs; simple slopes; a combination of masonry, metal panels and glass on the exterior; and the use of earthy colors and warm tones on the interior.

The facility was paid for entirely through fundraising, donations and partnerships, which created a unique challenge that permeated every aspect of the project. All donors and partners became stakeholders in its successful outcome.

The Grand Forks Park District and the Altru Family YMCA developed a membership-sharing concept, while Altru Health System (a longtime partner of the park district) organized and implemented a robust plan to provide on-site medical care that includes physical therapy, nutrition and dietitian services, sports medicine, genetic prevention services and aesthetic services.

USDA-ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center is one of six federally operated nutrition centers in the United States. The center houses its satellite laboratory, where the organization conducts obesity-related research.

Project Details

Architect: Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative; Denver, Colo.
ARCHITECT OF RECORD: EAPC Architects Engineers; Grand Forks, N.D.
Construction Cost: $23.4 million
Square Feet: 160,000
Occupancy: September 2012

Baseball Backstops: Performance Sports Systems

Basketball: LG Hausys

Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Performance Sports Systems

Cardiovascular Equipment: Concept2 CTS Inc.

Cardiovascular Equipment: FreeMotion Fitness

Cardiovascular Equipment: Octane Fitness

Cardiovascular Equipment: Promaxima Strength & Conditioning

Chemical Control Systems: AquaticControl Tech

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

Chemical Control Systems: Stenner & Co.

Chemical Control Systems: Triogen

Divider Curtains: Performance Sports Systems

Filtration Systems: Blue White Industries

Filtration Systems: Lawson Aquatics Inc.

Filtration Systems: Nemato Corp.

Filtration Systems: Pentair Aquatic Systems

Filtration Systems: Waterway Plastics

Flooring: Tandus Group

Flooring, Aerobics: LG Hausys

Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Free-Weight Equipment: Keiser Corp.

Free-Weight Equipment: Matrix Fitness

Gutters: Pentair Aquatic Systems

Gutters: Renosys Corp.

Heaters: Lochinvar Corp.

Lighting: Courtlite

Lighting: Lithonia Lighting

Lighting: Luminaire

Lighting: Peerless

Lighting: Winona

Lockers: Hollman Lockers & Courts Inc.

Multipurpose: LG Hausys

Multipurpose: Robbins Sports Surfaces

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

Scoreboards: Nevco Inc.

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Nevco Inc.

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Accurate Partitions Corp.

Sound Systems: Nevco Inc.

Sports Surfaces: LG Hausys

Sports Surfaces: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Strength Equipment: Keiser Corp.

Strength Equipment: Matrix Fitness

Tennis: Performance Sports Systems

Tennis: Plexipave Sport Surfacing

Tennis Court Nets/Posts: Putterman Athletics

Tennis Nets/Posts: Putterman Athletics

Track: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Volleyball: LG Hausys

Volleyball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Performance Sports Systems

Wall Padding: Performance Sports Systems

Water Play Features: SplashTacular Entertainment