Purdue University, France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center Expansion and Renovation
West Lafayette, Indiana
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.
Cost per Sq Ft
2014 Educational Interiors
Physical-Education Facilities/Recreation Centers
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