Hastings+Chivetta, in association with TKDA Engineers, submitted the winning design entry in a major design competition sponsored by Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. The competition was aimed at selecting a design solution that would provide a sports and recreation facility tailored to the needs of a collegiate athletic program.
The recreation center is situated to fit harmoniously into the existing campus, adding life and security to the heavily traveled area between the student union, alumni center, library, and sports complex.
The 220,000 SF building contains a multi-sports super-gym, a 200-meter indoor track, a 25-yard by 25-meter eight-lane pool, a 2,200-seat ice rink, and the necessary support spaces.
The facility is designed to provide a functional separation between participants and spectators. All major activity areas, including the existing ice rink, are located on the same level as locker rooms and other support spaces, while spectator circulation and seating is located on upper levels.
Energy conservation is critical in a building that must simultaneously maintain the temperature requirements of a skating rink, a swimming pool, locker rooms, and office areas. Activity areas are separated by function, creating climate control zones.