Beaver Country Day School, Athletic Center

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    HMFH Architects, Inc.

  • CLIENT

    Beaver Country Day School

  • AREA

    23,300 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $5,700,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    8/2008

This much-needed athletic center defines the western edge of campus and serves the increasing athletic, fitness and team needs of the school’s 400 students. The recently completed Arts Center bookends the 1920s-era main building and mitigates the discordance of earlier additions. A new entry plaza links old and new, and has become a vibrant gathering spot for students, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY650COST PER SQ FT$245.00FEATURED IN2008 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized and visitors.

From the plaza, the skylighted gallery runs through the building, opening into the competition-size gym and leading out to the upper playing fields beyond. The bright daylighted gymnasium accommodates varsity athletic competition and schoolwide events, with bleacher seating for 650 spectators. The locker wing includes separate upper- and middle-school facilities, plus training, fitness and office spaces. Continuing the emphasis on natural lighting, the locker rooms and fitness center are flooded with daylight from carefully placed skylights and windows.

Attention to detail—from acoustic treatments in the main gym and polished concrete floor of the gallery, to brightly painted walls in locker rooms, offices and the fitness center—provides high performance and elegance in this heavily used, high-traffic building.