The new Recreation & Athletic Center for Oakland University is a major expansion and renovation of the existing Lepley Building, built in 1965. The existing building sits on top of a 60-foot slope, which presented the challenge of efficiently placing very large program elements, such as a three-court gymnasium, on a hill without generating the need for large amounts of ASSOCIATED FIRMCannonCAPACITY3,000COST PER SQ FT$134.00FEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio fill.
Amenities in the complex include a three-court gymnasium; four-lane elevated running track; social lounge; snack bar; two multipurpose rooms for aerobics; weight/fitness area; club/sports room; five racquetball courts; wellness suite; multiuse classroom; 50-meter pool equipped with an underwater seating area at the shallow end, and an arena for 3,000 spectators. The 50-meter pool is equipped with two movable bulkheads and one- and three-meter diving and a spa. Spectator seating for 1,000 also is provided in the natatorium.
The building is zoned to allow use of the recreational facilities while events are occurring elsewhere in the complex. To facilitate simultaneous use, the complex has two discreet entries: one for events such as athletics, convocations and concerts, and one for recreation.
Despite the large mass of the complex, it appears relatively small as approached from the main campus.
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