Kirkwood Community College, Recreation Center

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The single-story facility serves the recreation needs of students and faculty, and acts secondarily as a recruitment and retention tool.

The structure’s design is dictated by the functions within. A 200-meter track surrounds three courts for basketball, volleyball and tennis. The curved ends of the track punctuate the otherwise rectilinear building. Also included ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$89.00FEATURED IN2005 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized the track is a batting cage, aerobics room and cardiovascular/weight-training areas. Two walls of the aerobics room have translucent movable glass panels, which open the entire west end of the buildings when recessed. Locker rooms are encased with translucent glass, which delivers privacy and admits daylight.

The building is constructed primarily of precast concrete, metal panels and an insulated glazing system that admits filtered daylight and offers a high R-value. This solution creates a fresh and light-filled environment. The lighting system over the main courts is equipped with photo sensors that supplement natural light as needed.

Near the entrance is a large gathering space that has lounge seating, a cyber cafe and a 10-foot projection screen.