Nestled into a grove of cottonwood trees, the University of Kansas Boathouse was sited to enhance the environment, preserve open space, maximize river views and capitalize on natural light. The exterior has integrally colored site-cast concrete walls, an abundance of insulated high-solar-gain, low-e glass, and a deep overhanging roof to shade the glass ASSOCIATED FIRMPeterson ArchitectsCOST PER SQ FT$284.00FEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio the mid-day sun.
The lower level houses rowing shells and maintenance facilities, and the upper floor comprises locker rooms, offices, a laundry room, athletic training facilities and a dedicated study space. Taking advantage of expansive river views, the building’s dramatic team room is flooded with natural light and surrounded by an environmentally friendly Brazilian hardwood deck.
The boathouse is in the Kaw River floodway and is designed to accommodate floodwater up to 8 feet above the lower-level floor. The building’s foundation extends more than 40 feet below ground. Other special considerations include the all-concrete structure, an electric elevator that automatically returns to the top floor, and the provision of all building services above floor level.