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In contrast to the typical "big box" with everything inside, here each individual volume has its own identity, with three different roof structures-gabled over the gyms, barrel vaulted at the exercise room and pyramidal with a central skylight at the aerobics studio.
The gymnasium floors are set a story below the main entrance, so that these high spaces can be contained in an envelope that is in scale with the adjacent structures. A flat-roofed central zone connects the separate volumes with circulation and service spaces. The building is constructed of ground-face concrete masonry, in hues that are in harmony with the stone facades of the nearby residence halls.
When students enter the 42,800 square-foot open steel structure, they can see and be seen by fellow students, and can take in the surrounding activity from different vantage points in the building. The gymnasiums-one with hardwood flooring for basketball and one with synthetic flooring to support floor hockey and indoor soccer-are open to and overlooked by seating areas off the main circulation spine, which also connects to the exercise room and aerobics studio. The design emphasis throughout is on a bright, airy, open feeling that encourages participation and interaction.
For more information about this project contact Graham L. Gillespie, AIA: email@example.com
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