De Pere, Wisconsin
Architect: Performa, Inc.
Owner: Gary D Parker Photography
Contractor: Miron Construction Company, Inc.
Following a campus master plan that harnesses the future, the campus sports center underwent a major renovation and addition. The gymnasium is all that remains from the original $3.5 million 1978 construction and is included in the new 126,000 square foot facility that houses a new pool, fitness center, health and wellness center, performance center, locker rooms, athletic offices, classrooms, and lobby. The new building wraps around the existing gym to provide a more cohesive face toward the downtown edge of campus and takes advantage of its location facing the Fox River on the western edge of campus.
Anchoring the new center is a competition-grade swimming pool and diving area, overlooking the Fox River on the southeast corner of the expanded building. The pool is the first in the history of the college. Another significant feature of the facility is an expansive fitness center that overlooks the pool, with beautiful views of the Fox River, as well as East De Pere beyond. All of the college's health and wellness related activities, including counseling services, are incorporated in the new center. This keeps the philosophy that it is a resource for the entire campus and not just an athletics site. The expanded offices for athletics staff are housed on a new second floor.
There is a total of 1,198 lockers for athletes, coaches, visiting teams, officials, and students utilizing the pool and fitness center. Three classrooms are in the center, two 1st-floor classrooms, and one 2nd-floor classroom. The coach office suite is 4,500 square feet and includes 14 private offices, a shared office suite, three conference rooms and a break area. Health & Wellness is 8,700 square feet and includes two separate lobbies, ten private offices, six exam rooms, two treatment rooms, two relaxation rooms, two private restrooms, two conference rooms, lab, break room and resource area.
The facility has two workout spaces. The 1st-floor weight room is 2,900 square feet with views out to the north and east. Three large 10'x10' windows provide views inside the area from the corridor along the interior south wall. The 2nd-floor fitness center is 9,700 square feet and has exterior windows to the north and east providing views of campus as well as southern views overlooking the pool towards the Fox River.
The existing facility was 55,500 square feet and only one-story with the exception of the press box overlooking the gymnasium. Demolition of 17,400 square feet on the east end made space for the new pool, fitness center and a 10,000 SF partial basement to provide mechanical space below grade. The north façade is all that remains of the original exterior. The addition to the east, south, and west are two-story spaces.
Photos: Gary D Parker Photography