Not unlike many schools saddled with gymnasium buildings designed in an earlier era for physical education, Rutgers Camden needed to transform their existing outdated facility to meet current needs of intercollegiate athletics, intramural sports and recreation.
The project included a preliminary planning phase to confirm the program and look at multiple concept options to align the program and budget. While the main gymnasium space was generally upgraded, the existing natatorium space and nearby racquet court areas were completely reconfigured to provide an upscale fitness club atmosphere including a lap pool, cardio equipment, weight training, free weights and dance.aerobics room. The existing large undifferentiated locker rooms were reconfigured to accomodate the various types of users. Team lockers access up-to-date training facilities, equipment storage and meeting rooms. The placement of the various new components allows for the new building to be much more open, inviting and accessible. A new entry accessing both the gymnasium and fitness center enlivens a previously blank facade at an important campus entry area and improves and energizes the lobby functions.