The renovation, addition and adaptive reuse of the Darton College Cavaliers Arena provides Darton students and residents of Albany, Ga., with a new activity, convocation and recreation center. In order to maximize the existing recreation center space, the design converted the natatorium into an office suite and expanded weight-training facility. The ASSOCIATED FIRMFlynn and FinderupCOST PER SQ FT$117.00FEATURED IN2006 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYPhysical-Education Facilities/Recreation Centers multi-sports forum was renovated into a modern, multiuse performance venue.
The addition includes a new varsity performance center, eight-lane competition pool with dive tower, weight-training and cardio areas, and aerobics room. Amenities include a booster club suite, support spaces, team and public locker rooms, administrative offices, concession stands and lounge space.
A central lobby was designed to contextually connect each facility and improve circulation. The area provides prefunction space, study and break tables, and computer kiosks. The interiors were chosen to reflect a corporate atmosphere, elevating the prestige of the varsity performance arena. The space features a grand staircase with comfortable furnishings and upscale finishes accented by Darton College school colors.