Located at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains, Carson-Newman University wanted to enhance the sports and recreation opportunities for its 2,000 students. The existing 1950s performance gymnasium was not accessible to the disabled, did not address women’s equity, and was off limits to all except for varsity athletes and the physical education department. Other student services, including the campus bookstore, post office, and dining facilities, were scattered in small, older campus buildings. Changing road patterns and campus growth left the campus without a “front door.”
Hastings+Chivetta was retained to develop a campus master plan, program, and design for a new recreation, sports, and campus center. The master plan for the new facility included the development of a ceremonial drop-off area for the facility and a gateway to the campus walkway system, which linked Jefferson City’s downtown with campus.
The existing campus gymnasium and lower level underwent a complete renovation, which included the reorganization of the facility’s plan and all new finishes and mechanical building systems.
The existing campus gymnasium was re-skinned with new brick, windows, and columns to match the new facility’s exterior design. A new Georgian-style entrance concourse was designed to link the recreational, varsity sports, and student center components.