Award Winner - May 2011
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Maverick Center, Mesa State College

Grand Junction, Colorado

S U B M I T T E D    B Y

Sink Combs Dethlefs in Denver / Counsilman Hunsaker in St. Louis

Size: 216,00 square feet

Project Cost: $36.1 million

Quick Tour:

  • Aerobic room
  • Auditorium
  • Three-court gym with spectator seating
  • Suspended indoor track
  • Recreation & football locker rooms
  • 50-meter competitive pool with spectator seating
  • Free weight room
  • Cardio and fitness room
  • Juice bar
  • Rock climbing wall
  • Human performance lab
  • Nursing labs

In 2007, following the completion of a new Athletic Master Plan, design began on the Saunders Fieldhouse renovation and addition. In January 2010, Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo., celebrated the grand opening of what is now called the Maverick Center.

Carefully designed to take advantage of interior and exterior relationships, the design fulfills needs of three critical components of Mesa State: recreation and wellness, academics and community. The facility provides new space for athletics, including offices, a wrestling practice space, team locker rooms and a strength and conditioning area. It also adjoins a new soccer stadium and practice fields. The renovated Saunders Fieldhouse now hosts all indoor student recreation activities. It is home to new locker rooms, a large fitness and weight facility, an elevated jogging track, multipurpose rooms, offices and an indoor 50-meter pool. It also includes offices, classrooms, a 150-seat tiered auditorium, lab and meeting spaces.

The college aimed to integrate related departments, focusing on Athletics, Nursing and Kinesiology. Combining these departments made it possible to identify and combine crossover spaces, but increase the availability to certain amenities with the very nature of the departments. As a result, the facility is a hub that anchors the campus and provides a place of activity for students and community members.

The renovated facility creates the north anchor of an enhanced campus master plan. The design aims to provide a new image as a gateway to the campus and to link other important campus buildings. The building's form combines flat roofed forms and translucent glass walls, maximizing views and daylight.

The 26,000 square-foot fitness area includes cardio machines and strength training equipment, with many designed to provide power back to the grid. Increasing the resistance ups the electrical output, with the exerciser's energy producing a direct electrical current, which is converted to alternating current that can be used to provide power to the building.

A one-of-a-kind running track extends the traditional loop out through the adjoining spaces, giving runners the option of staying on the standard 11-laps-per-mile course or expanding their routine by branching off to run five laps per mile.

The El Pomar Natatorium will host club, high school and college swim meets, as well as state and national championships. With its beautiful wall of windows, it features a 50-meter competition swimming pool and diving well with two 3-meter diving platforms and two 1-meter diving platforms. Two bulkheads offer the versatility to accommodate aquatic lessons, fitness and activities in the pool. Spectator seating has controlled views to the surrounding mountain ranges and uses different types of glazing to control light and glare, providing a comfortable atmosphere.

The Natatorium's barrel vault was designed to assist in noise control without having distracting lapidary panels hanging from the ceiling. The decking used was an acoustical structural metal deck, able to span the entire 36 feet between trusses and specially coated to endure the rigors of the pool environment.


A S S O C I A T E D    F I R M S

Architect: Sink Combs Dethlefs

Aquatic Engineer: Counsilman Hunsaker

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