|Portfolio||Sports & Recreation|
|Size||75,000 SF (6,968 SM)|
|Location||Camden, NJ, US|
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Like many schools saddled with gymnasium designed in an earlier era for physical education, Rutgers University needed to transform their existing outdated facility to meet current needs of intercollegiate athletics, intramural sports and recreation. Through a preliminary planning phase to confirm the program and look at multiple concept options to align the program and budget NORR had the knowledge to create an upscale fitness club atmosphere, in keeping with the people and purposes the facility now serves.
The most substantial change involved creating a mezzanine level in the pool area that opened up the structure’s solid walls with glass. The new structure incorporated a distinctive new skybox conference room. While the main gymnasium space was generally upgraded, the existing natatorium space and nearby racquet court areas were completely reconfigured with defined areas to provide a lap pool, cardio equipment, weight training, free weights and dance/aerobics room. The existing large undifferentiated locker rooms were reconfigured to accommodate the various types of users. The placement of the various new components and a new entry, accessing both the gymnasium and the fitness centers, resulted in a more open, inviting and accessible environment.