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Artist's rendering of the completed facility

The health and wellness center project includes the renovation of Old P.E. and an addition of nearly 80,000 square feet of academic, recreational and athletic space. The recreation center is a 45,000 square feet addition to the Old P.E. building, comprising of a two-court gymnasium with an elevated track, two racquetball courts, three multipurpose rooms, a 2,400 square foot strength and weight training area, a 3,600 square feet cardiovascular area, a 40 foot high by 40 feet wide rock climbing wall, new locker rooms for the recreation facility and the existing pool and gymnasium, an equipment check-out area, and office space for campus recreation.

There will also create 25,000 square feet of new academic space, which includes three tiered classrooms, a kinesiology lab, a multipurpose room, two general purpose rooms and four standard classrooms. The football program will have approximately 8,000 square feet of new space. The new space will provide the program the ability to house all of the coaches centrally, a more comprehensive training room, improved locker room, laundry and equipment storage space. Finally the existing Old P.E. building will be renovated to upgrade heating, venting and electrical in the building, provide needed seismic upgrades to the building, replace the liner in the existing pool, and add a therapy pool on the pool deck. Office areas for the Healthy and Physical Education Division and the dance faculty will be upgraded as part of the renovation.

In pursuit of LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the health and wellness center will employ numerous sustainable features, from the management of stormwater runoff to the use of natural ventilation in the building. As part of the overall project, the existing Old P.E. Building will be renovated with improved exterior thermal performance, the introduction of high performance chilled beams and new lighting throughout. The natatorium is being renovated with new pool equipment and the introduction of a heat recovery unit that extracts energy off the exhaust air and preheating the fresh air intake.

Stormwater runoff on the site will be reduced by installing bioswales and detention planters around the building. Low flow faucets and showerheads, as well as dual-flush toilets reduce water consumption in the building by at least 40 percent. An integrated building design utilizing a highly efficient building envelope, and a combination of displacement ventilation and natural ventilation, will yield more than 20 percent energy efficiency over code. A heat recovery chiller will utilize waste heat generated from space cooling to help heat the swimming pool. Extensive daylighting and automatic window shading are also employed throughout the building to maximize solar heat gain, and increase user comfort.

Download the flyer here (.pdf).


Groundbreaking ceremony.

Floor plans for level 1, level 2 and level 3.

Aerial views of construction*: November 2009, December 2009, January 2010, March 2010, April 2010 and May 2010.

Renderings of northeast perspective, lobby and gymnasium.

*Photo credit for aerial shots: Lori McGhee, Higher Perspective Imagery

Who is involved?

Architect: Opsis Architecture | Contractor: Hoffman Construction | Sustainability/LEED: Opsis Architecture | Interior architect: Opsis Architecture | Structural engineer: Catena Consulting Engineers | Mechanical/plumbing: Interface Engineering | Electrical engineer: Glumac | Civil engineer: MGH Associates | Landscape architect: Walker Macy | Energy consultant: Solarc


General information 503-838-8180 | or e-mail: hugginsb@wou.edu

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