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Lynnwood Recreation Center
, Lynnwood, Washington:
2012 Editor's Choice Award Innovative Architecture & Design, Recreation Management
2012 Merit Award, AIA Spokane
NAC|Architecture led the planning process for expansion of the City of Lynnwood’s community and recreation facilities. The process included several public meetings, evaluation of potential sites, development of program and building options, and a business plan for the proposed concepts. The preferred concept involves expansion of Lynnwood’s existing Recreation Center in two phases. The first phase includes a complete renovation of the existing facility with expanded exercise/fitness space and a new leisure pool. The future phase is a major addition that includes a gymnasium, MAC (multipurpose activity court), elevated walking/jogging track, additional exercise/fitness space, senior center, teen center, art and preschool spaces, multipurpose spaces and support facilities. Construction of the initial phase will be complete in early 2011. The project is LEED registered, and the design includes strategies for water and energy conservation with the pool filtration and HVAC systems.
View Ridge Swim and Tennis Club
, Seattle, Washington: 2009 Innovative Architecture & Design Award, Recreation, Management magazine. View Ridge Swim and Tennis Club was established in 1958 as a facility where families could gather to enjoy swimming, tennis and other activities. In collaboration with club members, NAC|Architecture studied over a dozen options for replacement of the existing pool with a new design that would best accommodate the membership’s range of ages, interests and activities. Each of the proposed concepts addressed the varied needs of family/recreational swimming, competitive swimming, water polo matches and practice, lap/fitness swimming, lessons and social activities in different ways. The preferred option was refined and presented to the club`s membership, who voted by a 90% majority to proceed with the project. With construction occurring during the off-season, the facility reopened in 2008, and includes a new 4,000-square-foot poolhouse and 6,000-square-foot outdoor pool.
Whitworth University Campus Recreation Center
, Spokane, Washington: A new 32,000-square-foot facility, Whitworth’s Campus Recreation Center is designed to accommodate a wide array of activities for students and faculty. The gymnasium accommodates three basketball courts, four volleyball courts and up to nine badminton courts. The fitness area adjacent to the gym will be filled with a variety of exercise equipment and free-weights for both cardio workouts and strength training. An elevated running track wraps the perimeter of the gym and fitness area with views to the activities below and to the tree tops of the Whitworth campus. A thirty foot high climbing wall is a focal element of the rec center with both top-roping and bouldering, including a bouldering cave. Reception, staff and office space, changing rooms and a new home for Whitworth’s Outdoor Recreation Program are also included. The overall plan is a composition of dynamic, interrelated spaces where virtually all activities in the center are visible upon entering. Those using the recreation center are able to see the activities in other areas, creating a very active, stimulating environment that encourages recreation, fitness and social interaction.
Riverview Aquatic & Fitness Center
, Riverview Retirement Community - Spokane, Washington: Located in the heart of Riverview Retirement Community, a large senior living complex in Spokane, the new 13,000-square-foot Aquatic and Fitness Center is designed to offer all the residents a variety of recreational activities. Key features include a meeting room for social gatherings, an indoor walking track, an exercise studio and a state-of-the-art natatorium with three different pools that can accommodate lap swimming, water aerobics, resistance training and water therapy. The exterior design responds to the mix of architecture by maintaining a residential scale and combining residential and commercial style materials and aesthetics.
Edmonds Aquatic Feasibility Study
, Edmonds, Washington: Yost Pool has been a popular amenity for the Edmonds, Washington, community for over 35 years. The pool is located in the beautiful natural setting of Yost Memorial Park, and many citizens have passionate memories of the pool. Although well-maintained, the facility and its mechanical systems are showing signs of deterioration. Knowing that Yost Pool is nearing the end of its expected lifespan, the City of Edmonds asked NAC|Architecture to develop potential solutions to address the aquatic needs and desires of the community. Input from public meetings and a survey helped shape six different options, with Option 3 emerging as the best balance for the Edmonds community. Option 3 includes indoor lap and warm-water wellness pools and an outdoor recreation pool. This concept is sited at Yost Park at the location of the existing pool and is envisioned as a glass pavilion in the park. The natatorium is a transparent cube that provides uninterrupted views of the surrounding park from inside, almost as if one were swimming outdoors. During daylight hours, the transparent façade will reflect images of the surrounding trees so the facility becomes nearly invisible for those enjoying the beautiful natural setting of Yost Park.
Hamilton-Lowe Aquatic Center
, Moscow, Idaho: 2002 Award of Honor, Design Awards of Excellence, National Concrete Masonry Association; 2001 Best on Block, Masonry Design Award, Masonry Industry Promotion Group Entertainment and fun are the focus of the Hamilton-Lowe Aquatic Center. Water features include a lap pool and an activity pool with two water slides, a lazy river that flows around a rock sculpture island, an interactive water play structure, a zero-level entry, and other water play elements. To complement the pool amenities, the pool house features a unique “wave” roof, accent bands of bright aquatic colors, and playful “tree” columns. The project received both local and national awards. As the initial component of the City of Moscow`s recreational complex, the aquatic center was a catalyst for the recently completed Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center.
Cheney Community Center
, Cheney, Washington: The proposed new City of Cheney Community Center is planned in an all-new park at the northwest corner of the city. This new center is designed to replace the original Wren Pierson Community Center, which was partially destroyed when the roof collapsed under excessive snow. Rather than rebuild, the city felt it was long overdue for an all-new facility. The new facility will include offices for Parks and Recreation, a gymnasium, dance studio, senior room, preschool room, teen “hangout,” general meeting rooms, and a commercial kitchen. This 18,653-square-foot facility is budgeted at $4.8 million (total project) plus park development at $1.2 million.
Student Recreation Center
, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho; 2002 Award of Merit, American Institute of Architects (AIA)/Spokane; 2002 Citation Award, AIA/Idaho; NAC|Architecture envisioned the University of Idaho's Student Recreation Center as a recreational village whose rugged, angular exterior mirrors the region's landscape. The 84,000-square-foot facility houses a central two-story atrium/lounge; cafe; two multi-court basketball/volleyball gymnasiums; a multipurpose activity court (MAC); a suspended indoor jogging track; multipurpose/aerobics rooms; and a climbing area with a 55-foot free-form pinnacle, and bouldering and top-rope climbing walls. Other amenities include cardiovascular fitness and weight-training areas, health and fitness testing labs, locker rooms, program offices, administrative offices and storage. In addition to accommodating indoor activities, the center is also home to a nationally recognized outdoor recreation program. All key activity areas are visible from the main entryway, allowing staff to conveniently observe these spaces. The building's innovative design and pivotal location – in the heart of an area slated to become the campus's residential center – underscore the university's focus on healthy living, and enhance student and faculty recruitment and retention. Interior design elements – such as an exposed branch-like wood roof structure, a gallery of clerestory windows, and a concrete floor stamped and colored to emulate a forest floor – extend the area's natural environment indoors and validate the university's commitment to sustainability.
Henry Moses Aquatic Center
, Renton, Washington: The City of Renton selected an ideal site for its new aquatic center – Cedar River Park. The aquatic facility complements the Community Center, Performing Arts Auditorium, and outdoor play fields already located in the park, and, in combination with the picnic areas adjacent to the Cedar River, creates a unique community gathering complex. The aquatic center includes a 25-meter, six-lane competitive lap pool and an activity pool featuring a zero-depth entry, two 26-foot-tall water slides, a wave pool, a lazy river, a spray garden, and other aquatic amenities. Additional features include large sun and shade spaces, a pool house and lockers. A concession area, the Shark Bites Cafe, offers a variety of beverages and snacks as well as a small selection of swimming accessories.
Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center
, Moscow, Idaho: 2004 Special Mention, American Institute of Architects (AIA)/Spokane. To create a gathering place devoted to the vitality and physical well-being of the community – that was the goal of the City of Moscow's Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center. The 21,000-square-foot facility, which is adjacent to the award-winning NAC|Architecture-designed Hamilton-Lowe Aquatic Center, is the second component of this recreational complex. The indoor recreation center houses a multi-court gymnasium, multipurpose room, locker rooms, concession area and administrative offices. A flexible, multi-functional design allows the center to host a broad range of activities. A skewed glass box intersected by a masonry vestibule forms an inviting main entry lobby, which serves as an orientation space both from the site and within the building. Sloped roof forms similar to those of the aquatic center unify the two structures, creating a continuity of theme. The lower sloping roof is offset to gain natural light through clerestory windows and to create a dynamic design element. The double-sloped roof relates to the gabled roofs found in the surrounding residential neighborhood. The design, which provides for future expansion, realizes the community vision, creating a recreational complex for citizens of all skill and age levels.
Lynwood Youth Center
, Lynwood, California: 1998 Award of Honor, Society of American Registered Architects/Los Angeles. The goal for the project was to create a center that reflects a positive imagery for at-risk youth in the City of Lynwood. The design was developed in collaboration with the community, where two charettes with youth, parents, city officials, and city staff were conducted. This process resulted in the youth and the community taking ownership, and with this ownership, the building has been largely protected from vandalism. This facility currently serves as an extension of the local educational system and as a support facility where youngsters receive encouragement to pursue a better future.
Errol Schmidt Athletic Center
, Saint George's School - Spokane, Washington: The design for the Errol Schmidt Athletic Center successfully addressed the issue of housing a state-of-the-art competition gymnasium on the naturally pristine school campus. Sensitively tucked into a hillside, the building features sloped roof planes that step up to, and overlap, the gym, reducing the structure’s mass. The 26,000-square-foot facility houses a multi-court gymnasium used for athletic competition, practice and physical education. The main gym is flanked to the east by public amenities, including the entry lobby, concessions, fitness room and public restrooms. To the west are the locker rooms, offices and storage. A flexible, multi-function design allows the center to accommodate a broad range of activities.
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