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Sacred Heart University

Bobby Valentine Health & Recreation Center

the backstory

Reinforcing the University’s commitment to well-being, fitness and healthy lifestyle the new 57,400 SF Bobby Valentine Recreation Center is a dynamic, modern facility located just north of the Campus Field end zone and acts as a beacon for wellness and fitness. It includes a dynamic multi-purpose gym for intramurals and training, a 10,000 SF 2-story fitness center for cardiovascular workouts, free and cable weights, circuit training and CrossFit opportunities anchors the center of the building. The center also includes a golf simulator and bowling center for both the women’s bowling team and student recreation. A suspended running track wraps the facility allowing for indoor running and cool-down exercise.

at-a-glance

TYPE:
New Recreational Building
PRACTICE:
Architecture
Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Pre-Construction Services
Programming & Planning
LOCATION:
Fairfield, CT
STATUS:
Completed 2019
SIZE:
57,400 SF
INSIGHT

The goal was to create a dynamic, modern facility located just north of the Campus Field end zone and act as a beacon for wellness and fitness. There were a number of programs both Division 1 and club/intramural sports that did not have a home on campus. Many of these programs were in need to facilities to support better training needs and more durable materials to last longer and work for a variety of sports.

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Original Campus Aerial

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Proposed Conditions

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Original Site

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Proposed Site

SOLUTION

SLAM created a building design that is open and flooded with daylight allowing for an uplifting workout experience. Its a space for student recreation, that also houses Club Sports, Intramurals & the Fitness Department. 

In the evening the building glows from the 40-foot glass enclosed climbing wall which invites students from the nearby residence halls. The deep cantilevered roof functionally protects the entry glass from sun and weather but is appears to demonstrate a structural gymnastic and is almost athletic in its reach and form.

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IMPACT

The facility enhances the fitness experience for student athletes and general student population providing a home for student recreation on campus. It also houses the Club Sports, Intramurals & Fitness Department.

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The new center will not be just a place to work out. It can also be a social hub for students. This building is another reflection of our continuing commitment to provide students with ways to get involved.

Bobby Valentine
Executive Director of Athletics
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