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Grumbacher Sports and Fitness Center - York College of Pennsylvania

York, PA
Construction Cost: $32 million
Area / Square Feet: 170,000
Occupancy Date: April 2006

The Grumbacher Sports and Fitness Center drew comparisons to a machine ? a sleek, sophisticated and well-oiled one, at that. Judges pointed to the building?s restrained elevations, site integration and clarity of circulation. In plan, the building is an orthogonal structure to the south with a curved northern wing addressing athletic fields. The flat-roofed north pavilion boasts a curved facade that maximizes views to the fields, while the southern portion ? home to the field house, arena and natatorium ? features an arching roofline spanned by custom-designed steel trusses with skylights above. Accommodating student fitness facilities as well as the college?s athletics programs, the center features a long light-filled interior corridor that bisects the building and serves as a link between the main campus and an expanding campus in a former industrial zone. Green strategies included the recycling of structural components from industrial buildings that were demolished to clear the site.

JUDGES? COMMENTS:

Superb integration with the site; rational spine organization with ample views into activity spaces for those passing through between residential and academic campuses.
? Kirk von Spaeth

A simple diagram provides an efficient, vibrant structure with a striking campus path and spectator spaces that weave through activities.
? Mark Bodien

Light and airy interiors with crisp forms and lines. Consistent integration of exterior forms that play well off each other.
? Tom Poulos

Judge's Comments

Superb integration with the site; rational spine organization with ample views into activity spaces for those passing through between residential and academic campuses.
— Kirk von Spaeth

A simple diagram provides an efficient, vibrant structure with a striking campus path and spectator spaces that weave through activities.
— Mark Bodien

Light and airy interiors with crisp forms and lines. Consistent integration of exterior forms that play well off each other.
— Tom Poulos