Longwood University needed a state-of-the-art recreation facility to enhance the quality of student life on campus and strengthen academic recruiting opportunities.
The center offers two basketball courts, a multi-athletic court, an exercise area with the latest equipment, a climbing wall, two racquetball courts, three multipurpose rooms for aerobic activities, an ASSOCIATED FIRMHastings & Chivetta Architects, Inc.CAPACITY2,211COST PER SQ FT$173.76FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio running track, a student recreation office suite and a wellness/counseling office suite. The building sought LEED certification from the onset of planning and design. It was designed to educate the facility’s users and campus community about sustainable design concepts and provide a more healthful indoor recreation environment.
To achieve LEED certification, the design team included water-efficient technologies; an energy-efficient HVAC system; a carbon-dioxide monitoring system to help provide adequate ventilation; and renewable energy provided by the campus central plant. The project has earned a LEED gold certification and is anticipated to save 43 percent more energy than ASHRAE standards.
The building is sited on a major north-south student thoroughfare. As a result, it is designed with a major entrance on the north and south facades, so students can circulate through the building as they move from one end of campus to the other. This “neutral” path through the building provides views of multiple recreation activities, enticing students to the center without having to enter the ”controlled” recreation area.