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  Perpetual Motion Children's Sport Center, Page 54Perpetual Motion Children's Sports Center
2402 University Avenue West, #501, St. Paul, MN 55114

Woodbury, Minnesota
Total Square Feet: 26,219
Construction Period: Oct 2002 to Apr 2003 

Construction Team
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Derrick Commercial Contracting, LLC - 1505 Highway 65, New Richmond, WI 54017
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Winkler Structural Engineers, Inc. - 10300 Winter Place, Eden Prairie, MN 55347
ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: B & B Electric, Inc. - 543 Schommer Drive, Hudson, WI 54016
MECHANICAL ENGINEER: T Squared Engineering - 412 Tyler Road, Red Wing, MN 55066

The Perpetual Motion Children's Sports Center was conceived to provide a variety of children's sports in one facility. This allows families to have children experience more than one sport without driving them all over town. The owners of Perpetual Motion have a gymnastics background and have moved from a 10,000-square-foot building that focused entirely on gymnastics to the 26,000- square-foot Children's Sports Center that still retains a strong gymnastics program but also offers trampoline and tumbling, swimming, golf, dance, and karate.

The biggest challenge in designing this building was to provide a simple way to get to any of the activities without interrupting the others. The spacious entrance lobby serves as a hub to allow children and their parent's access to any of the activity areas and also as a gathering spot when it's time to go home. Because many of the children are young (preschoolers) it was important to provide viewing areas for the parents to stay and watch while their child attends a class. One viewing area is located on the main floor between gymnastics and swimming and the other is at the mezzanine level overlooking the gym next to the dance, golf and karate areas.

With so many different things going on at the same time control of noise was very important. The instructors need to be heard to effectively teach their classes and the students need to be able to hear the music for floor exercise or dance routines. The pool is separated from the gymnasium by a concrete block wall with viewing windows and the office area is separated from the dance, golf and karate above by precast concrete plank with a 2-inch concrete topping. The underside of the roof insulation helps to deaden the noise within each of the areas. Together these controls have helped to make this potentially unbearably noisy building relatively quiet.

Because this building is meant for children, the use of color was important. A yellow stair tower that connects the two levels of the building and identifies the main entrance accents the exterior. Inside primary colors are used throughout. The main floor covering is blue and is accented with red, yellow and green pads and apparatus. This gives a feeling of activity and motion even when no classes are in session, a rare event since the building opened in May 2003.

DIV 04:
Masonry: Ochs Brick.
DIV 07: Sealants: Degussa Building Systems, Inc.; Roof: Butler Building Systems; EIFS: Degussa Wall Systems, Inc.
DIV 08: Hollow Metal Doors & Frames: CECO; Wood Doors: Bayer Built Woodworks, Inc., Hardware: LCN.
DIV 09: Paint: Sherwin Williams.
DIV 10: Fire Protection Specialties: JL Industries; Toilet Partitions: Sanymetal; Toilet Accessories: ASI.
DIV 13: Pre-Engineered Structure: Butler Building Systems.
DIV 14: Elevators: Otis.
DIV 16: Fire Alarm: SimplexGrinnell; Lighting: Hubbell, Simkar, Visionaire.

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