When Old Dominion University administrators set out to enhance recreation facilities, their goal was to renovate the existing Health and Physical Education Fieldhouse, but the cost of transforming the inefficient building was nearly equal to new construction. To meet recreational demand and provide a strategy for a better long-term result, Hastings+Chivetta and Moseley Architects designed a concept that preserved the existing natatorium and added 143,000 SF of dramatic new space.
Located in the heart of campus, the new Student Recreation Center has become the hub of all sport, wellness and fitness activities, and has energized the campus core in keeping with the master plan vision. The building reinforces the contours of parallel housing and its storefront appearance offers views into the lobby, climbing wall, fitness court and cardio mezzanine.
The Recreation Center is designed to meet current and future programmatic needs. The building’s characteristics and finishes are inspired by current trends incorporating high-performance sports surfaces, specialized lighting techniques, aesthetically sensitive, low-maintenance building materials, and value-engineered mechanical systems.
Major components include: a three-court, hardwood floor gymnasium; a multi-activity court; a two-level cardio and weight space of 15,000 SF; a suspended running track; three group-exercise studios; a cycling studio; three racquetball courts; a climbing wall; and a juice and bagel bar.