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  Bev Lewis Center For Women's Athletics, Page 48Bev Lewis Center For Women's Athletics, University of Arkansas
626 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Total Square Feet: 39,183
Construction Period: Feb 2002 to June 2003 

Construction Team
ASSOCIATE ARCHITECT: Fennell Purifoy Hammock Architects - 111 Center, #1620, Little Rock, AR 72201
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: EWI, Inc. - 3061 Market Avenue, #2, Fayetteville, AR 72701
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Engineering Consultants, Inc. - 401 W. Capitol Avenue, #305, Little Rock, AR 72201
MECHANICAL/ELECTRICAL/PLUMBING ENGINEER: TME Consulting Engineers, Inc. - 5800 Evergreen Drive, #A, Little Rock, AR 72205
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architects - 626 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204
COST ESTIMATOR: Charlie E. Kendall, Inc. - 5833 N. Post Road, Indianapolis, IN 46216

The new Women's Gymnastics Practice Facility serves the newly created Women's Gymnastics Program and Women's Athletics Administration for the University. Situated between Barnhill Arena, where the gymnasts perform, and the Campus Physical Education Facility, the facility enhances "Stadium Drive," which connects with other sporting event facilities. The client requested that the design represent a major sense of presence along the street as it is viewed with the football stadium. This image serves as the mark of success in achieving the goals of the Women's Athletics programs in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Design objectives were established to include the placement of the new building, in order to establish a major presence along Stadium Drive. Administrative offices and reception space will be the principal spaces along Stadium Drive. The difference in grade between the street and the existing parking lot, varies from 25- 30 feet and permits the new structure to fit comfortably as a two-story solution for upper and lower lobby areas.

The two major spaces in the new building will be the Gymnastics Practice Room comprising 15,000 square feet and the Weight Training Room with 7,200 square feet. All other spaces are essentially ancillary to these two main areas. The weight training room serves all women athletes with free weights, strength training and cardio exercise equipment. To give vitality to this space, windows surround the entire space with views to the outside at the upper level.

This transparency is reinforced by glass placed between the upper and lower lobbies and the gymnasium; and is incorporated in the design between these levels and the exterior, as well as between interior spaces, to showcase the dynamics of the athletic functions here. The building design had to respond to primary views from all directions, including from above, generating a sculpted roof form that engages with the dramatic site topography and promotes an "athletic profile."

The design is purposely "light" in its massing to contrast with two very large, windowless buildings on the North and South of the new facility. Barnhill Arena on the North contains additional Women's Athletic Offices and the main performance space for the gymnastics program, volleyball and basketball. The student recreation center is adjacent on the south.

The practice gymnasium is the primary focus for the gymnastics program, it is a clear span structure of 100- x 150-feet with up to 30-feet in height. Concrete safety pits up to 8-feet deep in various sizes line the floor with vaulting runways and spring board platform of 45- x 45- feet. Coaches' offices and the training room all border the space with glass for observation and control. Special consideration was given to the glass for this space to provide an exterior view without glare from the western sun. Sunshading is achieved from a pronounced roof overhang and the use of etched glass.

The exterior fenestration includes extensive use of light weight materials such as metal panels and glass to further the sense of "lightness." Limited amounts of precast concrete are included to relate contextually with neighboring buildings.

A new cooling plant, required by the university as part of its overall utility plan, was also included as part of the project.

DIV 03:
Concrete Stain: Lithochrome® Chemstain(TM) by L.M. Scofield Company.
DIV 07: Metal: Rollcom; Composite Metal Panels: Reynobond®.
DIV 08: Curtainwall: Kawneer.
DIV 14: Elevators: Otis.

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