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  California State University, Chico Wildcat Recreation CenterCalifornia State University, Chico Wildcat Recreation Center


Sasaki Associates
77 Geary Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108

General Description

Location: Chico, California
Guaranteed Maximum Price: June 2007
Construction Period: September 2007 to July 2009
Total Square Feet: 110,245 Site: 2.98 acres.
Number of Buildings: One. Building Size: First floor, 72,122; second floor, 38,123; total, 110,245 square feet. Building Height: First floor, 16’; second floor, 16’; penthouse, 14’; total, 46’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Type II One hour.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade, geopier & grade beams. Exterior Walls: Brick, curtainwall, metal panel. Roof: Metal, membrane. Floors: Metal deck & lightweight concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall. Projected and/or modeled energy usage: KBTU/SF/yr: 135.5
(of this 19.5 is from renewable sources: solar hot water).

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Rutherford & Chekene - 55 Second Street, #600, San Francisco, CA 94105
General Contractor: Otto Construction - 1717 2nd Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: WSP Flack & Kurtz - 405 Howard Street, #500, San Francisco, CA 94105
Civil Engineer: Sandis - 1721 Broadway, #201, Oakland, CA 94612

The Wildcat Recreation Center (WREC) fills a long-awaited need for recreation and fitness space on the CSU Chico campus. In 2005, students passed a fee referendum which approved the development and funding for the center. The highly-successful, award-winning facility serves an average of 2,000 users per day. The WREC is a powerful example of architecture informing, and being informed by, institutional goals.

The students envisioned the center as a campus "living room" - a social and communal destination on campus that evoked warmth and openness. Student representatives, campus administration, and facility staff desired a center with the following key qualities and attributes: a significant campus presence through materiality and illumination openness and transparency to
highlight indoor activities inviting to participation and
interaction vibrant and active spaces logical, accessible, and user-friendly spaces powerful indoor-outdoor relationships

The WREC is a place to see and be seen. Exceeding the client's key criteria, the design team created a state-of-the-art, 110,000 gross square-foot, two-story building that accommodates a variety of activities appealing to the diverse student body. Located on a prominent southwest corner of the campus, the building is a beacon of activity with exterior materials and color palette drawing from the campus's architectural history and the regional setting. Similar to the original masonry buildings on campus, the WREC incorporates a custom brick blend that also serves as a durable interior backdrop for gymnasium sports.

Immediately upon entering, the central soaring Gallery makes the entire complex readable and welcoming. Activities unfold to the left and right - a gymnasium for basketball, volleyball and badminton, a Multi-Activity Court (MAC) for in-line skating and indoor soccer; a climbing wall; and a lounge featuring the desk of Outdoor Adventures - the launching point for student-lead outdoor activities. At the heart of the facility, a monumental staircase cascades around a multi-faceted graphic installation that orients users across the open spaces. The openness combines with second floor glazed guardrails to assist staff in overall building supervision. Structural steel spans achieve the openness that characterizes the Gallery, the gymnasium and MAC, and the fitness spaces. Horizontal bands of Kalwall translucent and clear glazing accentuate the experience of the suspended running track, which encircles the adjacent gymnasium and MAC.

The WREC's efficient floor plan responds to the goal of a spatial layout that is easy to understand and flows from space to space. The Gallery visually and physically connects all major activities in the building and extends the interior to the First Street forecourt and the pool court. Various opportunities for social interaction factor into the WREC's design - a lounge and refreshment bar extends the Gallery's social space; overlooks into the Gallery serve as private areas for stretching and cardio, while also providing a quiet place for those who wish to read or work on a laptop. The outdoor pool, heated spa, and associated deck provides an additional 16,000 assignable square feet in a southwest facing open courtyard.

LEED® Scorecard
Sustainable Sites                     10
Water Efficiency                     3
Energy & Atmosphere               7
Materials & Resources               3
Indoor Environmental Quality    13
Innovation & Design Process     4
Total                                      40

Product Information
Facade Panels: Metal Sales Manufacturing, Trespa
Interior: 3 Form, Rulon Wood Ceilings
Roofing: Sarnafil PVC
Flooring: Mondo, Haro Sport Floor, Granitti Fiandre, DD Linotop
Entrances & Storefronts, Curtainwall, Windows: EFCO
Translucent Curtainwall: Kalwall
Elevators: KONE


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