Tufts University, Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center in Medford, Massachusetts by DiMella Shaffer.

Tufts University, Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center in Medford, Massachusetts by DiMella Shaffer.

Credit: Courtesy DiMella Shaffer

The new Sports and Fitness Center not only provides state-of-the-art facilities for its students, it also serves as a new gateway into the Tufts campus along College Avenue. The design challenge of the new building was the site constraints, as this expansion needed to nestle itself among the three existing buildings with four different floor levels. The new building consolidates the many access points into the current fitness facilities, through one main accessible entry point. The entrance features a three-story atrium, from which visitors can distribute themselves to the adjacent facilities. The glass and prepatented copper façade breaks from the typical New England Georgian architecture, introducing a unique modern expression that provides Tufts with an iconic building for its athletic department.

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