A four-court 29,000-square-foot gymnasium for recreation, athletics, and special events will be the centerpiece of the activity spaces. A three-lane jogging track will occupy the perimeter of the gymnasium.
The natatorium will feature a 25-meter competition swimming pool, varying in depth from 4 to 14 feet to accommodate a variety of aquatic activities and simultaneous uses. Pool support spaces will include seating for 250 spectators, a lifeguard room, and storage and filtration areas.
11,000 square feet of fitness spacewith cardio equipment, free weights and circuit training machines available on two levels of the facility.
Specialized spaces, such as three convertible racquetball and squash courts and an eight-person rowing tank, along with multipurpose rooms, will occupy nearly 5,000 additional square feet.
Well-equipped locker rooms, planned on multiple levels to accommodate the entire community, include a large bank for general use on the Quadrangle entry level, pool locker rooms adjacent to the natatorium, and a changing room on the level of the athletic fields. A training and rehabilitation suite at field level will house athletic trainers, spaces for treatment and taping, and two hydrotherapy tanks.
Offices for athletic department administrators and head and assistant coaches, along with conference rooms and support spaces, will be located in the two stories facing the Quad. Public areas of the building will encompass space for reception, circulation, and lounges, as well as public restrooms accessible from the athletic fields.
A 25-foot-wide multi-level atrium will open the building to views of the west campus and Bancroft Hills beyond.
Another significant component will be a glass-covered passageway that will connect Harrington Auditorium with the new Center and link the pedestrian path from west campus to the Quad. The passageway will expedite circulation around the center and will include an entryway to an elevator for handicapped access along the grade between the center and the fields.
The new Sports and Recreation Center will also be built to attain LEED certification, in alignment with WPI’s commitment to environmental sustainability. This will be the university’s third LEED certified building (the others are Bartlett Center and East Hall).
There are many opportunities to suppport this important project. To discuss your options, contact Jo-Ann Alessandrini, associate vice president for development and campaign director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-831-6676.