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  Kirkwood Community College Recreation Center, Page 32Kirkwood Community College Recreation Center

111 East College Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Total Square Feet: 43,500
Construction Period: Aug 2003 to Aug 2004

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Neumann Monson Architects - 111 East College Street, Iowa City, IA 52240
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Rinderknecht Associates, Inc. - 1000 29th Avenue, S.W., Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: Design Engineers - 2801 Sixth Street, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
CIVIL ENGINEER: Anderson-Bogert Engineers & Surveyors, Inc. - 4001 River Ridge Drive N.E., Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Recreation space on Kirkwood Community College's main campus in Cedar Rapids, Iowa was limited and what existed was used primarily by the College's formal competitive athletic programs. A new facility was planned and it would be reserved for the general student and faculty population.

The facility houses a 200 meter running track which is central in dictating the overall form of the building. The glass enclosed ends of the track punctuate the otherwise rectilinear building and allow track users to have a continuous view of the exterior. The track surrounds basketball, volleyball and tennis courts and a batting cage. These spaces form the central volume of the building.

Within the track on the east and west ends are the cardio-vascular/weight training areas and an aerobics room, respectively. The walls of the aerobics room are comprised of ceramic-coated translucent glass, of which two walls are retractable and, when recessed, open the entire west end of the building. The locker rooms are also encased with translucent glass which provides privacy while allowing natural light to penetrate the space.

In addition to providing athletic recreation space the administration wanted the facility to dedicate space for students to congregate. A large student lounge located near the entrance organizes the traffic flow and provides a large transitional space. The lounge looks out through an expanse of glass to the sand volleyball court. A ten-foot projection screen allows students to watch a variety of broadcasts including Kirkwood's away games which are available via closed circuit television. The west wall of the lounge is lined with computers and creates a mini-cyber cafe where students can access the Internet and Kirkwood's e-mail system.

By the way of coiling doors located on the building's north side the Recreation Center has the ability to admit large equipment including vehicles and allows the space to transform into one which can receive large student and community gatherings. Shortly after its opening presidential candidates used this facility for campaigning and accommodated crowds of 2,500.

The building is constructed primarily of precast concrete, metal panels and an insulated glazing system which admits filtered daylight while offering a high R-value. This solution creates an environment that is fresh and light-filled. Over the main courts the electric lighting system is equipped with photo sensors which supplement the natural lighting as needed and reduce dependency on artificial light sources. Materials used in the interior include color-hardened concrete, rubber athletic flooring, acoustic ceiling clouds, exposed anodized aluminum framing systems, glass mosaic tile and quartz solid surfacing. All work together to create a look and feel that is light, airy, high-tech and easily maintained.

The facility was created to serve as a value-added amenity to the student population and Kirkwood staff. This progressive project achieves this goal and serves Kirkwood secondarily as a recruitment and retention tool.

DIV 03:
Color Hardened Concrete: Lithochrome(R) by L.M. Scofield Company.
DIV 07: Membrane: Genflex.
DIV 08: Glazed Curtainwall: Pittco Architectural Metals; Sliding Storefront System: Kawneer; Coiling Doors: Raynor.
DIV 09: Rubber Athletic Flooring: Mondo; Wood Sports Flooring: Superior Floor Company; Acoustical Treatment: Chicago Metallic, USG.
DIV 12: Fixed Benches: Forms + Surfaces; Floor Mats: Construction Specialties, Inc.

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