Owner: Auburn University
Location: Auburn, Alabama
Size: 237,981 sq ft
Architect: 360 Architecture
Description: Robins & Morton provided preconstruction and construction management services on the new Auburn University Recreation and Wellness Center. The 275,000-square-foot facility promotes a lifestyle of personal, social and physical wellbeing by offering students, faculty and staff state-of-the-art fitness, recreation and leisure options along with facilities dedicated to health and wellness education. Amenities for the LEED Silver Certified (under review) building include 1/3 of a mile corkscrew shape track suspended above rock climbing walls (longest indoor track in the nation), cardio/fitness training areas in five-floor fitness tower, racquetball courts, weight training areas, group exercise studios, basketball courts, golf simulator room, strength equipment, multipurpose court, sand volleyball court, rock climbing wall, game room, student and faculty locker rooms, outdoor recreation (canoes, kayaks, etc.), outdoor leisure pool and 45-person hot tub, courtyard featuring benches, plants and a water fountain, (bringing the outdoors into the center), and outdoor terraces with green roofs.
Robins & Morton overcame several challenges on the project, including infrastructure and utility corridors running beneath the site, complex design and construction conditions, site accessibility limits, and the coordination of ten prime contractors on a tight site. Although 76 additional days were awarded to the project for unforeseen conditions that included unsuitable soil and rock, along with rain days well above the five year average, the building was issued a Certificate of Occupancy one month before Auburn's required date of use.
Auburn University Recreation and Wellness Center anticipates LEED NC v 2.2 Silver Certification.