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Geraldo Rivera University is one of the larger institutions in the

Geraldo Rivera University is one of the larger institutions in the state. GRU is a community of

about 18,500 students, faculty and staff. The main campus has over 80 buildings with one, old,

outdated gym/rec center. GRU is located in Springerville, MO, a city of about 100,000 that was

named after Jerry.

The GRU campus has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 12,000 with a graduate

enrollment of 3,000. The University employs 1,500 faculty and 2,000 staff. Approximately 6,000

students live in campus housing while the remainder commute from the community.

The Department of Recreational Sports serves as a vital and integral part of student life on the

GRU campus. The department offers comprehensive quality intramural programs and services

that promote healthy lifestyles among a diverse campus community. The Department of Varsity

Athletics at GRU is a member of the NCAA Division II and includes a full complement of

varsity teams. The GRU “Fightin’ Weasels” varsity teams are currently housed in the old gym

that is scheduled for demolition. Sports on campus include: men’s and women’s teams in tennis,

basketball, track, cross country, women’s volleyball, softball and field hockey, and men’s,

football and baseball.

Currently, the women’s basketball and volleyball teams play in the sports forum in the existing

gym but this space has limited spectator seating. Both teams would like to continue to play on

campus. The men’s basketball team competes in the city owned, 12,000 seat Civic Center. No

other sports teams are envisioned competing or working out in the proposed recreation, sports

and community center. There has been a discussion about adding men’s and women’s swimming

and diving if a competitive natatorium is built on campus.

The Board of Regents of GRU has completed a feasibility study determining the financial

requirements of a recreation facility that could serve the entire campus community of GRU as

well as the public community of Springerville. Several entities will contribute to the capital and

operational budgets of the proposed recreation, sports and community center. The institution will

provide $5,000,000 through fundraising. A student referendum passed earlier in the year will

provide additional funding of approximately $15,000,000. The community of Springerville,

through a ½ cent sales tax increase passed earlier in the spring, will provide funding of

approximately $7,000,000. The entire project budget for the center will be $27,000,000.

Public Spaces

The new recreation, sports and community center will require at least one significant entry. This

entry/lobby will be used by visitors as a pre-function space and to provide an area for circulation

to the free zone activity areas which include concessions, vending, juice bar, pro shop, public

restrooms, babysitting and game room. The areas in the free zone should have some sense of

visual connection to as many of the controlled activity areas as possible to help market fitness

opportunities to students and community members.


It is envisioned that the current recreation office will move into the facility and provide the

support necessary for staff, including private offices, work areas, break room, conference room,

storage, reception and toilet areas within one office suite.

• Office suite 2,300 SF

• Office suite 3,900 SF

• Office suite 6,000 SF

Building Support

Mechanical rooms, custodial closets, elevator, elevator equipment room, data rooms, and

electrical rooms are all required to support the building’s operations.

Natatorium/Pool/Aquatic Center

The natatorium component has not been determined. Initial discussion with the original

committee considered supporting a 50 meter competitive pool or an 8 lane 25 meter pool with an

indoor leisure pool. A leisure pool complex was discussed which would include a zero entry,

vortex, lazy river, whirlpool and indoor slide. A natatorium combining a competitive pool and

leisure pool may also be considered. GRU and the community have different needs in the pools

due to the age and diversity of the users.

• 6 lane 25 meter pool 7,500 SF

• 8 lane 25 meter pool 9,000 SF

• 25 yard x 25 meter pool 11,5000 SF

• Leisure pool 10,000 SF

• Leisure pool with lap lane1 2,600 SF

• Leisure pool with separate lap pool 13,000 SF

• 50 meter pool 20,200 SF

• 50 meter pool with diving well 32,500 SF

Fitness Areas & Aerobic Dance

A dedicated fitness activity area between 4,500 and 11,500 square feet should be provided for in

the facility. These areas will include cardiovascular, free weight and weight machine areas

located in the heart of the facility with storage and a fitness control desk. Provide an array of

aerobics/dance rooms for activities including aerobics, dance, combatives, and fencing. The

multipurpose rooms should have a minimum of 1,600 square feet or larger.

• Fitness center 4,500 – 11,500 SF

• Multipurpose room/Aerobic Dance 1,600 SF

• Multipurpose room/Aerobic Dance 2,800 SF

• Multipurpose room/Aerobic Dance 4,500 SF

Multipurpose Gymnasium

A multipurpose gymnasium for intramural and recreational use is proposed for the new facility.

The number of courts is yet undetermined, but should minimally be two courts with a potential

for four courts. This space should include a suspended jogging track surrounding the upper

portion of the gymnasium space. A large storage room should be adjacent to the multipurpose


Gym Jogging Track Total

1 court with jogging track 9,700 SF 3,800 SF 13,500 SF

2 courts with jogging track 16,500 SF 5,000 SF 21,500 SF

3courts with jogging track 23,000 SF 6,000 SF 29,000 SF

4 courts with jogging track 30,000 SF 7,000 SF 37,000 SF

Performance Area

A performance arena for Women’s Varsity basketball / volleyball and special community events

is proposed for the new facility. When this component is not being used for varsity or special

events, it will be available for Intramural and Recreational use. The Arena is envisioned to

accommodate 1,000 to 3,500spectators. The current performance facility for Women’s Varsity

does not have spectator seating. Without historical data, it is unknown what attendance will be.

The facility will have a scoreboard and other amenities to support competitive play. Public

spaces adjacent to the performance gymnasium should include restrooms and concessions. A

catering kitchen and storage will be accounted for in the 80/20building net/gross area.

Arena (1,000bleacher seats) 16,800 SF (2 cross courts with circulation on 2 sides)

Arena (3,000telescoping seats) 27,000 SF (3 cross courts with circulation on 4 sides)

Arena (3,500fixed & tele. seats) 44,000 SF (3 cross courts with circulation on 4 sides)

Activity Zone

Specialized activity spaces, designated for a specific use, include a climbing wall and racquetball

courts. Two to six racquetball courts should be provided.

• Racquetball courts2 to 6 – 800 SF/court

• Climbing Wall 900 SF

Classrooms / Meeting Rooms

There is a requirement by the Department of Recreation, Physical Education, and the community

to provide educational and meeting areas within the facility. These classrooms will be supported

by storage areas and will be equipped with the highest level of technology. It is anticipated that

two to three classrooms should be provided to support a minimum of 160 to 280 occupants.

• Classroom 25 seats

• Classroom 58 seats

• Classroom 80 seats

• Classroom 115 seats

• Classroom 141 seat

User Support Areas

User support areas are envisioned to include locker rooms with showers, sauna, and toilet

facilities for recreation, intramural and varsity users. This area would also include an equipment

issue area. Requirements for these areas are as of yet undetermined.

• Locker room 3,400 SF

• Locker room 5,600 SF

• Family change140 SF

• Control/storage 1,200 SF

Site and Campus Context

Located on the southern edge of Springerville, the GRU campus is situated on 1,000acres

overlooking the Humongous River. The architectural context of the campus is distinguished by a

blend of modem buff brick buildings with limestone accents. The major campus core, including

the library, campus center, science and academic buildings are located just to the north of Weasel

Drive. The main campus is organized around a campus quadrangle and the GRU campus master

plan calls for the new recreation, sports and community center to be located at the comer of

Weasel Drive and Bobby Knight Street. The recreation, sports and community center will create

a new focus for student activities on campus. The planned location of the facility will also

reinforce the community aspect of the facility and the importance this facility will play in student

life on campus.

Design Project Directions:

Step 1. Based on what you have read, design a building using excel, Sketch-up, or pen/pencil and

paper. If you choose to hand draw your design, take a picture and save the image as a jpeg file.

Upload the picture along with a description of your building. Be as detailed and descriptive as


Step 2. Using the excel form; calculate the cost of your building. Remember the budget is

$27,000,000. If you go over, explain why?

Step 3. Submit via Blackboard.

Good luck!

Design Rubric

(1) DESIGN: (14 points)

Practical/Logical Layout and use of Space (5)

Explanation of design (5)

Enough Support Spaces (3)

Aesthetics (1)

(2) BUDGET (10 points)

Explanation of budget (5)

If under budget, what is excess money being used for or who pays less? (2)


If over budget, why and where is money coming from? (2)

Accurate calculations (2)

Turn in one copy of cost spreadsheet (1)

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