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  City of Livonia, Community Recreation Center, Page 32City of Livonia, Community Recreation Center
400 Galleria Officentre, #555, Southfield, MI 48034

Livonia, Michigan
Total Square Feet: 130,224
Construction Period: July 2001 to Mar 2003

RECREATION ARCHITECT: Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture - 2300 Fifteenth Street, #100, Denver, CO 80202
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: L & A, Inc. - 30903 Northwestern Highway, #300, Farmington Hills, MI 48334
CONSTRUCTION MANAGER: Skanska USA Building Inc. and Schostak Brothers & Co., Inc. Acting Jointly - 26100 American Drive, #200, Southfield, MI 48034
ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEER: DiClemente Siegel Design, Inc. - 28105 Greenfield, #200, Southfield, MI 48076

The City of Livonia wanted to build an addition and renovate the 56-year-old Bentley High School into a community recreation center. After touring the existing facilities and observing obsolete M/E/P and pool systems, building code deficiencies, barrier free access limitations, energy inefficiencies, hazardous materials, and a dated exterior and interior appearance, Neumann/Smith proposed a brand new building with bright colors, open spaces, ease of movement and a sense of community interaction … all within the City’s original fixed budget.

The physically beautiful building catches the eye of motorists with its walls of patterned and glazed masonry and a dramatic glass cylinder. An undulating landscape provides additional visual interest as well as a variety of spaces for people to congregate, a ½-mile jogging trail, an outdoor spray park, and areas for outdoor concerts.

The new building is composed of three separate blocks arranged around an expansive commons that offers sweeping views to the fitness center, rock climbing wall, gymnastics center, gymnasia, adult/ senior lounge, day-care center, soft indoor play area, and concession area.

From the entry plaza, visitors can see into the aquatics center. The 250-foot long water flume is encased by a cylindrical tower, which is the Center’s defining structure and focal point. In addition to the leisure pool with a zero depth section and water toys for young kids, vortex pools, and a lazy river for aerobic exercise, the aquatics center includes a competition, 8-lane, “stretch 25-meter” pool. The pool has several state-of-the-art features including an adjustable floor which can either fold down flat to the pool bottom for deep-water competitive swimming or move upward for shallow water activities, such as aquatic therapy or swimming lessons for young children. The competitive pool also has a moveable bulkhead to convert the pool to either a 25-yard or 25-meter length for different seasonal competitions.

From the atrium, patrons can go up the monumental stair and access the upper fitness balcony, aerobic/dance studio, multi-purpose room and the 3-lane, 1/10 mile walking/jogging track that enters and exits the gym, energizing the central atrium or commons areas.

Virtually all of the building is wall bearing brick and block masonry to reduce cost and allow continuous construction while the steel roof members were fabricated. Limited glass areas and well insulated masonry walls enhance energy performance. Fire-troll steel jacketed concrete encased columns were utilized to save on fireproofing and finishes. Additional savings were achieved by incorporating a metal panel in lieu of a glass clerestory above a one-story office wing along a 2-story atrium. By challenging ourselves and our client to look beyond the original project parameters, we were able to create a 135,000-square-foot “mall of fun” meeting all of the original program criteria. Our careful evaluation of alternatives resulted in more net space for less gross, improved control and security, reduced staffing requirements, substantial life-cycle cost savings, and shorter construction time.

DIV 04:
Glazed Brick: Endicott.
DIV 08: Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer; Glazing: Viracon; Automatic Doors: Stanley Magic; Rolling Steel Door: Overhead Door; Side Folding Grilles: Cornell Iron Works; Metal Doors & Frames: Ceco Door Products; Hardware: Hager, Schlage, LCN, Rockwood, National Guard, Von Duprin.
DIV 09: Flooring: Armstrong; Robbins Sport Surfaces, Tnemec Company, Lees/Burlington; Tuflex Rubber Products.

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