Community connection, transparency and wellness were the primary drivers for this new multigenerational recreation and fitness facility. Designed as a holistic community and wellness center, the new facility connects both figuratively and literally with its site. The parti is three simple parallel bars wrapped in precast concrete and metal panels, each terminating in views to the community and athletic fields. The bars are punctuated by a double-height, curtainwall-wrapped lobby that both intersects and unites the building’s primary program functions.
The central lobby welcomes visitors and doubles as a community gathering space. Upon entering, patrons visually connect to all primary spaces: the pool, childcare and community rooms, group fitness areas, and the gymnasium and track. Dual kiosk stations replace the traditional large reception desk to remove the barrier between staff and user while also clearly defining the space and entry sequence.
A large social stair provides additional space for gathering. A powerful statement about community, the stair encourages users to pause and interact with one another. It also provides a direct visual and circulation path to the second-level fitness floor, running track and group fitness rooms. Connection between the upper and lower levels is also created by overlooks along the track that allow for parents to observe activity in the gym below without disrupting runners and walkers. The fully accessible competition pool, hot tub and family pool also have direct views to the exterior and are visible from the lobby and second-level fitness floor. The highly efficient circulation, window-to-wall ratio and simple building massing maximize space and programming in a naturally lit and community-centered recreation wellness facility that drew more than 2,000 new members in its opening month.
ARCHITECT OF RECORD
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Racquetball/Squash Courts - Court Panels/Glass Walls
Pools - Water Play Features
Pools - Chemical Control Systems
BECS Technology Inc.
Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting
Pools - Lighting
Pools - Sanitization Systems
Pools - Lane Markers
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Racquetball/Squash Courts
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Volleyball
Locker/Shower - Flooring
Pools - Deck/Basin Surface
Pools - Gutters
Pools - Filtration Systems
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Floor Covers
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems
Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions
General Partitions Mfg. Corp.
Fitness Center - Entertainment Systems
Locker/Shower - Lockers
Lyon Workspace Products
Fitness Center - Assessment & Monitoring Equipment
Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment
Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment
Fitness Center - Strength Equipment
Fitness Center - Climbing Walls
Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics
Robbins Sports Surfaces
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track
Robbins Sports Surfaces
Pools - Heaters
Pools - Dehumidifiers
Pools - Ladders/Grab Bars
Pools - Starting Blocks
Locker/Shower - Swimsuit Extractors
SUITMATE by Extractor Corp.
Pools - Climbing Wall