The Challenge

The opportunity to design a new collegiate recreation center is always exciting. When a college or university decides to renovate or expand an existing facility, a unique set of challenges must be considered and addressed.

In a recent expansion to Gonzaga University’s athletics complex, ALSC Architects was challenged with keeping the adjacent McCarthey Athletic Center and Charlotte Y. Martin Recreation Center in operation throughout construction of the 50,000 square foot Volkar Center for Athletic Achievement. The new athletic training and support facility was designed to infill space between the two existing buildings. Creative planning helped eliminate any impact to ongoing activities in the adjacent facilities, maintain adequate parking and minimize the effect of noise on students and employees.

This article from Athletic Business explores various ways that a thoughtful approach to project planning can make the process run smoothly and eliminate unnecessary headaches for students, staff and faculty.

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