Originally an industrial building, the LaHaye Recreation & Fitness Center at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., was renovated and expanded to provide space for academic, administrative, recreational, and food service functions.
Designed by Glass & Associates, the recreation space houses a 40-foot climbing wall, as well as cardio and weight-training facilities. Associated renovated spaces include new locker rooms, an elevated walking track connecting both exercise mezzanines, two racquetball courts and several workout rooms.
Exterior materials were chosen to unite the facility with the existing campus. Two copper-covered domes at each end of the addition anchor the building, and highlight and define the entry and climbing wall areas.
A colonnade provides order and repetition to the linear facade, and creates a covered walkway along the building. The use of curtain wall adds to the open feel of the facility.