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Blue Ash Recreation Center

Blue Ash, Ohio

S U B M I T T E D    B Y

Blue Ash Recreation Center in Blue Ash, Ohio

Size: 120,000 square feet

Project Cost: $13.5 million

Quick Tour:

  • $13.5 million
  • Elevated 1/10-mile track
  • Locker rooms & family changing rooms
  • Dry saunas
  • Gymnasium
  • Entrance & lobby area
  • Indoor climbing wall
  • Whirlpool
  • Classroom
  • Fitness studios
  • Food café & lounge
  • Game room
  • Party room
  • Meeting rooms
  • Concession stand & catering kitchen


he Blue Ash Recreation Center in Ohio answered the needs of its faithful fitness members—to renovate and expand the existing facility.

Now standing at 120,000 square feet, the newly-remodeled recreation center boasts new amenities, including an elevated indoor track, new gymnasium, rock climbing wall, café, game room, 12-person spa, dry saunas, individual exercise studios and an expanded 12,000-square-foot, two-story fitness center.

Part of the 67,500 square feet of new space and 8,230 square feet of renovated space includes a welcome desk, designed to be the heart of the center. In the original facility, desk operations were located in two separate locations, which produced a need for multiple staff members to operate membership service in one area and customer service in the other. Now, the new welcome desk fuses those two services together into one location. In addition, the new welcome desk area houses the center's state-of-the art sound system. The system was designed to run on a 70-volt system, which uses less electricity.

A key element of the newly renovated facility is the masonry material, which was used both as a complement to the center and for the durability aspect. Neutral, light and warm tones were used in a variety of masonry types. The brick format was continued within the floor tile. Light wood tones and polished branded blue surfaces were used as accents within the space.

The $13 million project included the addition of over-sized filters in the whirlpool to create safer and more efficient water quality, as well as a self-contained system to eliminate chemical smells throughout the building. The saunas were put on timers and can be turned into automated misting saunas in the future. Furthermore, a water sculpture was recycled from the city's Towne Square and placed by the center's main entrance.

In addition, an energy-controlled, high-efficiency, programmable light system with motion sensors was installed throughout the building with LED lighting. Natural light was incorporated as much as possible to reduce the cost of energy.


A S S O C I A T E D    F I R M S

Architect: MSA Architects

Construction Manager: Schumacher-Dugan Construction

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