The new Athletic and Fitness Center for Chatham University replaces an undersized gymnasium built over 50 years ago. Located at the edge of campus, the site is on a narrow, steep slope adjacent to a residential neighborhood. These physical challenges were met by lowering the natatorium level one floor below grade and stacking the gymnasium above. This design allowed for the south façade to have residential scale and massing appropriate for the adjacent neighborhood.
The facility is clad in brick, cast stone, and synthetic slate tile which matches the materials and handsome detailing of the original, historic Andrew Mellon House.
A pedestrian plaza was created to link the new Center and the historic house. A three-story stairway connects the campus level with the spectator level two floors above, allowing students to pass through the Center without entering controlled spaces.
The facility houses an eight-lane, 25-yard swimming pool with one-meter diving, a two-court gymnasium, a suspended jogging track, squash courts, a climbing wall, a dance studio, a fitness center, offices, locker rooms, a classroom and other support spaces.