Purdue University, France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center Expansion and Renovation

West Lafayette, Indiana

Client

Purdue University

Area

420,000 sq.ft.

Total Cost

$103,000,000

Completion Date

10/2012

Three existing antiquated and windowless boxes housing fitness, gymnasiums and aquatic spaces were turned "inside out." The new design is expressed on the exterior as light-filled volumes of glass and stone, which give the center a new and more inviting face. The central concourse/ atrium space stitches together the existing disparate spaces, bringing natural light deep into the heart of the facility. The concourse also serves as an organizing element, connecting the entrances and a monumental stair throughout all five levels of the facility.

The interior design is conceptualized as “neighborhoods of activity”: diverse fitness activities and varying degrees of openness and programmatic overlaps. Major new spaces include a feature gym, leisure pool, climbing and bouldering walls, a fitness pavilion, volleyball courts, a multi-activity court, a wellness suite and a demonstration kitchen. A stroll through the sports center reveals dense layering of spaces, and a transparency that sometimes appears to extend through the entire building. In pursuit of LEED Silver, over 90% of the existing structure was reused and all building MEP systems were replaced with high-efficiency systems.

Additional Information

Cost per Sq Ft

$245.00

Citation

Collegiate Citation

Featured in

2014 Educational Interiors

Interior category

Physical-Education Facilities/Recreation Centers

Product suppliers specified

Flooring by Dal-Tile
Athletic Equipment by Woodway
Laundry Equipment by Unimac
Athletic Equipment by UMAX Strength
Physical-Education Flooring by Connor Sport Court
Physical-Education Flooring by Infinity
Ceramic Tile by Dal-Tile
Washroom/Shower Partitions by Columbia Partitions
Athletic Equipment by Precor
Athletic Equipment by Troy Barbell & Fitness
Athletic Equipment by LifeFitness
Athletic Equipment by Matrix
Clocks/Time Management by Sportable Scoreboards
Athletic Equipment by Hammer Strength
Athletic Equipment by Pendlay
Athletic Equipment by TRX
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