Anderson Recreation Center
Duwell Company LLC in Association with D. J. Maltese
886 N. Mill Street, Plymouth, MI 48170
Merritt McPherson Cieslak, PC
33750 Freedom Road, Farmington, MI 48335
Location: Northville, Michigan
Date Bid: Apr 2005 Construction Period: Apr 2005 to
Sep 2006 Total Square Feet: 78,785 Site: 3.6 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Basement, 30,597; first floor, 48,188; total,
78,785 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 12’; first floor, 10’3”;
floor to floor, 12’; total: 28’2”.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: Asphalt shingles.
Floors: Concrete, precast.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: SDI - 275 East Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Cost Estimator: D. J. Maltese Consulting, LLC - 886 N. Mill
Street, Plymouth, MI 48170
Anderson Recreation Center was designed as part of a larger master plan
that encompasses 30 acres of recreation fields and facilities. The new
34,282-square-foot facility serves as the flagship for the City’s
recreation department and creates a place that has become the center for
community life. The building features a variety of spaces to host
numerous community activities, meetings, and events. These spaces
include a multi-use double gym with an elevated track, meeting rooms,
kitchens, an aerobics room, a pre-function lobby area, and locker
The City of Anderson desired a recreation facility that would attract
building users from the surrounding community to engage in a full
complement of recreational activities. Located on a sloping site
adjacent to previously developed athletic fields, the first challenge
was to adapt the building to the site. The building was designed to
transition between the existing upper level parking lot to the lower
level playing fields. The upper level serves as the main community
entrance for the surrounding urban area. A prominent entry feature
reduces the mass of the large recreation components to a more intimate
human scale upon approach. Other components of the building provide
transparency to the interior building functions, connecting interior and
exterior activity areas.
Natural light filters into the entry lobby creating an inviting space;
at night, the translucent clerestory serves as a light beacon to the
community. Interior finishes, including rubber flooring in the main
lobby, absorb sound from the gymnasium and other lively spaces.
Translucent wall panel elements in the gymnasium bring in light during
the day and connect to the community in the evening.
The multi-purpose room corner breaks through the box of the building to
provide a skewed bay window reaching out to the urban setting. Another
multi-purpose area pushes out towards the entrance area so that people
coming in to the building have that sense of connection.
The public spaces provide visual continuity between all active spaces in
the building. The elevated walking/running track allows views to each
gymnasium and to the overall circulation spine. Painted super graphics
were used to give a low cost sense of movement within the gym spaces. A
variety of masonry materials were used to provide a scale that was
appropriate for each space.
The primary concepts are to connect the building with the surrounding
community, and to connect people inside the building with each other
place that reflects movement and energy – illustrating both function and
heritage of the City.
DIV. 7: Curved Standing Seam Metal Roof: McElroy Metals;
Insulated Metal Panels:
MeTecno USA Benchmark Division; Acrylic Panels: 3Form.
DIV. 8: Rolling Doors: Overhead Door.
DIV. 9: Wood Flooring: Robbins; Carpet: Shaw Contract.
DIV. 10: Operable Partitions: Modernfold.
DIV. 11: Scoreboard: Daktronics, Inc.
DIV. 14: Elevator: Schindler.