Johnson & Wales University, Harborside Recreational Center

Providence, Rhode Island

Johnson & Wales University (JWU) opened in 1914 as a small business school, with two typewriters and one student. Today, it is a thriving university with a unique spirit.

The design for the 60,000-square-foot addition to the university’s original 10,000-square-foot athletic and recreation center communicates the energy of the multinational student body that has ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$100.00FEATURED IN2000 Architectural Portfolio JWU one of the country’s top career universities.

The athletic center features intercollegiate basketball and volleyball courts, which accommodate both NCAA Division III and intramural games. The center also features: Aerobics studio; weight training room; multiuse space; men’s and women’s locker rooms.

The brick and insulated panel veneer blend with the existing buildings surrounding the quadrangle. Two-story construction surrounds the main court space and allows viewing from various activity areas. An entry atrium floods the facility with natural light and serves as a circulation and gathering spot.

This facility offers a new center of activity at the Harborside Academic Campus.

Note: Area: 60,000 sq. ft. (new); 16,000 sq. ft. (renovations); Cost/square foot: $100 (new); $45 (renovations)

Photographer: ©Frank Giuliani