Founded in 1967, Carnegie Mellon University is a private, co-educational institute located in Pittsburgh. The campus was outgrowing existing athletic and recreational facilities, so Carnegie Mellon commissioned Hastings+Chivetta Architects to complete a Master Plan for its existing athletic facilities.
CMU’s athletic and recreational facilities are dispersed in four different campus buildings: Resnick House, West Wing, Skibo Gym, and the University Center. Carnegie Mellon decided many of the components of these buildings could be consolidated into one, new facility, since the buildings were old, dated, and extremely undersized for the university’s recreational and athletic programs.
After analyzing the four facilities, Hastings+Chivetta administered a campus student survey. From the survey, Hastings+Chivetta gathered vital information, such as the number of multipurpose courts and rooms the facility should house.
The next step was to determine where the new four-story campus athletic facility should be located. The chosen site is on the east side of Carnegie Mellon’s football stadium. The state-of-the-art building will include:
– Athletic department offices
– A 200-meter field house
– A performance gymnasium with seating for 2,100 spectators
– A two-court multipurpose gymnasium
– A rock climbing wall
– Four multipurpose rooms; administrative offices; and locker rooms
– A varsity weight room
– A recreational fitness center
– A health services area, which will feature offices and rooms for wellness, health education, counseling, and exam rooms for nurses and nurse practitioners