Hocking College, Student Center

Nelsonville, Ohio


Hocking College


52,500 sq.ft.

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A 39,000-square-foot addition converts the existing renovated gymnasium into a multipurpose facility for this two-year college. A large folding roof, mimicking the surrounding geography, cascades down the hillside and surrounds the existing building while creating event spaces for recreational and social activities. These spaces exist on two levels: a main split-level floor and a large mezzanine with a relatively open floor plan.
The facility includes an atrium space with a 35-foot climbing wall and running track, a 12,000-square-foot multipurpose room with operable acoustic partitions, conference rooms, a four-lane indoor lap pool with locker rooms, an aerobics area, and a weight and fitness center.
Each ridge, or “fold,” of the new structure organizes different programmatic zones. The folding roof also serves a secondary purpose as its steep ridges are oriented south (the front of the building faces a river valley to the north) and are perforated by a series of skylights that introduce natural light into the lobby and fitness center.
The zone adjacent to the central atrium on the north side of the facility contains the multipurpose room. Movable partitions can convert the space into a sports court, conference rooms and an aerobics area. A scenic railway stops right in front of this facade, giving it the look and feeling of a transit station.

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2004 Educational Interiors

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Physical-Education Facilities/Recreation Centers

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