The University of Connecticut’s original 25,000 SF Student Recreation Center was unable to keep up with the diverse needs of the student body. JCJ Architecture, in association with Moody Nolan, worked on the planning and design for the facility that totals more than 200,000 square feet. Acentech provided acoustics, audiovisual, IT infrastructure and security systems design consulting for the entire LEED Gold project.
The Student Recreation Center houses a variety of different programs that all require their own unique spaces. Our acoustics consultants worked to ensure all spaces, including basketball, racquetball, and multi-purpose courts, cardiovascular and strength training areas, multiple fitness studios, aquatics center, climbing center, running track, and meeting and support areas for intramural and club sports will all function as intended. The design also called for racquetball courts and office spaces to be stacked on top of each other. Sound isolation measures were taken to allow for simultaneous use without disruption.
Upon entering the Student Recreation Center, one is met with a video wall designed by Acentech’s audiovisual consultants. The video wall consists of four tiled 55” video displays which can be used to show announcements, schedules, upcoming event notifications, or for wayfinding. We also designed audiovisual systems for multiple fitness studios, including the Climbing Center, Cycle Studio, and Mind-Body Studio. The audiovisual systems include network-based audio distribution that allows each of the studios, fitness zones, and courts that allows paging to be sent to these spaces as well as all public areas. Background music in the public areas can also be played back in these spaces when not occupied. Additionally, network-based control of the audiovisual systems allows technical staff at UConn’s AV helpdesk to remotely operate and troubleshoot the audiovisual systems.
Our consultants also provided the IT Infrastructure and telecommunications design, security system design, and WiFi antenna mapping for the Student Recreation Center. The structured cabling system is comprised of Category 6A cabling and is designed to meet the demands of present and future technology systems. We provided the connections for all computers, the VOIP phone system, AV systems, security networks and building management systems. The security systems were designed to meet the demands of the university. These systems include touchless access control systems, video surveillance and emergency communications, and twenty-four-seven monitoring. This intelligent building will serve the diverse needs of the University of Connecticut community for years to come.