Eastway Regional Recreation Center

Charlotte, N.C.
Construction Cost: $35 million
Area / Square Feet: 95,000
Occupancy Date: September 2020

Through a series of engagement meetings with local residents, the design team prioritized both a sense of energy and excitement that needed to be expressed by the Eastway Regional Recreation Center, as well as a clear connection to the history and cultural relevance of the Charlotte region.

The exterior of the building is angular and dynamic, reaching upward to reflect a sense of movement and kinetic energy. The brick is treated with layers and textures to reinforce a sense of energy at the pedestrian scale, and windows are treated with brightly colored frames to add contrast and interest. The entry is scaled to amplify a sense of invitation, which 

is reinforced inside where the central connector acts as a high-volume view shed to the many social, community and activity spaces that define the program. 

Muted colors and wood tones reflect the history of a region deeply rooted in agriculture and textile manufacturing. The undulating lobby ceiling picks up on the rolling landscapes that evoke the natural terrain of local farms, while a wood veil beyond the reception desk is accented with colors that reflect regional textile creations. This entry volume stretches from one side of the building to the other, organizing the main program elements with communal and social spaces such as a teaching kitchen, a nature center, a senior center and a sound mixing room on one side, with active spaces including the fitness, gym and pool spaces on the other.


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Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment
Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics
Mondo Sports Flooring
Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center
Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment
Fitness Center - Strength Equipment
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports
Performance Sports Systems
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Bleachers/Grandstands
Learning Environments
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains
Performance Sports Systems
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting
H.E. Williams
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards
Performance Sports Systems
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding
Performance Sports Systems
Indoor Soccer/Inline Rinks - Dashers
Athletica Sports Systems
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball
Aacer Sports Flooring
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose
Mondo Sports Flooring
Indoor Sports Surfaces - TrackMondo Sports Flooring
Locker/Shower - Flooring
Locker/Shower - Lockers
RFS Sports
Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Lighting
Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Sports Surfaces
Geo Surfaces
Pools - Access Ramps/Stairs
Spectrum Aquatics
Pools - Bleachers
Learning Environments
Pools - Chemical Control Systems
BECS Technology
Pools - Cleaners/Vacuums
Spectrum Aquatics
Pools - Deck/Basin Surface
Pools - Filtration Systems
Neptune Benson
Pools - Ladders/Grab Bars
Spectrum Aquatics
Pools - Lane Markers
Spectrum Aquatics
Pools - Lighting
Pools - Sanitization Systems
Pools - Starting Blocks
Spectrum Aquatics
Pools - Water Play Features