At Tufts University Medford Mass the site of the Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center was constrained by several existing structures Photo copyGregg Shupe 2013ShupeStudioscom courtesy of Stanmar Inc

At Tufts University, Medford, Mass., the site of the Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center was constrained by several existing structures. Photo ©Gregg Shupe 2013|ShupeStudios.com, courtesy of Stanmar Inc.

Constrained Applause

Using existing facilities can preserve historically significant portions of older structures and save significant dollars.

Site constraints are a reality on many college and independent school campuses. Older campuses in particular are situated in small towns that grew outward from a central location, and large empty building lots are rare. But sometimes the stars align, and several older buildings—a gymnasium, a natatorium and a physical education building, say—are close to one another, and architects may have the opportunity to use them as the basis of one new, larger athletic facility.

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