Matching articles for Innovative Architecture & Design Awards: 15
Feature Article - May 2013
Our eleventh annual Innovative Architecture & Design Awards competition turned up some of the best of the best. We're pleased to showcase the winning facilities here, as well as highlights from the award entries.
Iowa State University State Gym
University of Central Missouri Student Recreation and Wellness Center
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Recreation Center
Missouri State University Bill R. Foster and Family Recreation Center
Cecil College Physical Education Complex
Georgia College Wellness and Recreation Center
Sidwell Friends School, Athletic Center
Editor's Choice Winner
Milwaukee Community Sailing Center
We are also pleased to showcase the following facilities that were submitted and sponsored by the firm that entered them:
Vande Poel-Heeringa Stadium Courts at the Etheridge Tennis Complex, Hope College
Choice Health & Fitness Center
Oscoda Observation Pier
Columbus State University Student Recreation Center
Award Winner - May 2013
The $46.2 million project involved the overhaul of the State Gym with an addition that connects both the gym and Beyer Hall into one cohesive recreation and wellness complex. Moreover, the State Gym's enhancement provides a complementary recreation and wellness facility to the Lied Recreation Athletic Center, which is located on the opposite side of the campus.
On one level, the combination of curricular and co-curricular programs has immense implications for student learning. On another level, the facility has become the place to engage in recreation for students, faculty and staff.
The support and input from university students as well as their participation in the final design and approval helped bring the new center to life, with the goal of boosting recreation programs and helping to maximize views into the building. The project team also worked closely with the university's recreation, athletics, Kinesiology and various academic departments to help create the new center.
The new center features basketball courts, a MAC (multiuse activity court), a weight-fitness area, group exercise rooms, a jogging track, a climbing/bouldering wall, an indoor fitness/activity pool, a wellness suite, an outdoor bouldering area, administration space and more.
The 50,070-square-foot complex encompasses an array of indoor and outdoor spaces for both formal and informal activities that accommodate intercollegiate athletics events and fitness programs, wellness-related classes, group study and collaborative learning, as well as student clubs, summer camps, luncheons and receptions, commencement and community events. It can even be used as a place to spend time with friends.
The new $28.2 million center creates an iconic front door to the west campus that helps establish a renewed sense of community and campus life. The facility's design involves an arrangement of pathways that connect the Wellness Center with residential life at the university, an outdoor leisure pool, conference and dining hall facility, as well as athletic fields.
The most significant example of this philosophy is the program itself. The Centre is not just a recreation center. Nor is it a venue for special events. It is not just a senior center. It is all of these things, under one roof. The innovative strategy of combining facilities that were either missing or scattered about town into one civic place combines the pragmatic benefits of providing economy of scale and operational expenses with the intangibles of building community.
The $39 million facility, which opened in the fall of 2010 and is situated partly underground, features a four-court gymnasium with competition courts, retractable bleacher seating for 600, a fitness facility, a wrestling room, coaches' offices, and lockers for students, faculty and officials.
The design of the building responds to the organization's desire to change its profile in community by creating an open, welcoming invitation to the city and all who dream of sailing. Located on Lake Michigan in Milwaukee's Veterans Park, the new facility cost only $1.64 million to build. A modest facility, it was designed to work within the nonprofit organization's limited financial means, but at the same time, it sets an impressive environmental benchmark.