The new Student Fitness Center welcomes the Everett community to campus and invites all to enjoy and participate in the colorful cacophony of sports activities within. Anchoring Everett Community College’s eastward expansion, the building symbolizes a dynamic environment that has long been hidden from its neighbors.
Citation Award, IIDA Portland, 2011
Citation Award, AIA Portland, 2011
Located near the south edge of the existing campus, the building houses a gymnasium, weight and fitness exercise rooms, climbing wall, juice bar and multi-purpose spaces. Entry spaces are linked to an interior commons area that provides views into the gym and activity rooms and conveys a lively sense of kinetic energy.
This development has a direct impact on its local neighborhood. The entrance court’s activities are visible from the busy thoroughfare nearby and anticipate the rest of the campus to the west. The juice bar, clearly visible within, connects to the outdoors with a series of sliding doors and establishes a sorely needed student hang-out. In turn, the dramatic form of the nearby climbing wall captures the attention of occupants and passersby.
The design emphasizes openness and connections that let the sights and sounds of various activities fill the building. Natural light and natural ventilation, the result of large expanses of efficient, operable windows, skylights and double-height spaces, accentuate a feeling of participation in the great outdoors.
The design fulfills the site’s potential as an extension of the upper campus and as a bridge for future development to the south and east, as well as to parking to the north. The plan responds with three entries, each with a distinctive and welcoming outdoor plaza with views of the double-height circulation areas within.