Salem State University, Gassett Fitness and Recreation Center

Salem, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    DiMella Shaffer


    Massachusetts State College Building Authority

  • AREA

    45,647 sq.ft.





Built in 1973, the existing O’Keefe Sports Complex was designed to accommodate the specific requirements of Salem State University’s hockey, basketball, tennis and swimming programs. The complex was housed in three large, mostly windowless brick and concrete volumes.
The new space that houses the Gassett Fitness and Recreation Center reorganizes, unites and expands ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$377.00FEATURED IN2017 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYPhysical-Education Facilities/Recreation Centers various athletic programs and establishes a single inviting, accessible and secure front door for the O’Keefe complex. This creates a new, visible wellness presence on a remote part of campus. Efficient planning, simple materials and a functional aesthetic create a successful building on a limited state budget.
The major program elements of the facility are a fitness center with associated support spaces and locker rooms on the ground floor, a two-court intramural gym on the second floor, a new entrance lobby atrium space for the entire O’Keefe Center complex, and two studio spaces inserted into a portion of the existing apparatus gym by adding a floor. The renovated space accounts for 7,500 square feet of the project.