University of Maine

Orono, ME

Student Recreation and Fitness Center Feasibility Analysis, Business Plan, Design Review, and Program Management

In 2002 B&D was hired to work with the University of Maine to facilitate the development of a new student recreation center on its flagship Orono campus.  The center was to serve as a hub of campus activity and be a recruiting and retention tool.  Our work included: a market analysis of peer institutions; student focus groups and surveys; an off-campus health club analysis; a demand-based program of activities; and a program reconciling demand with current supply of space.  Our study uncovered a strong demand for a recreation center that would address both self-directed and instructional classes, and intramural programs.  In 2003 the university approved $25 million for an 85,000 SF facility.  We then assumed a program management role in the design process, monitored the schedule, coordinated cost estimate reviews, tracked commitments, and ensured the design met the intent.  In 2007 the 87,000 SF Student Recreation and Fitness Center was completed.  It went on to win a NIRSA “Outstanding Sports Facility” award; a “Facility of Merit” award from Athletic Business magazine; an “Honor Award for Design Excellence” from the Boston Society of Architects; and an AIA New England award.  The building is also LEED Silver certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Presentations 

Saving Green: The Case for Sustainable DesignPresented by Kim Martin and Jen Zirkle at the 2008 NIRSA Conference.

Recreation Centers 101: A Primer for Union DirectorsPresented by Bart Hall, David Body, and Dave Edwards at the 2008 ACUI Conference.

Managing Capital Projects: An Innovative ApproachPresented by Brad Noyes, Janet Waldron, and Bill Charland at the 2007 NACUBO Conference.

In the News 

Facility of Merit — University of Maine: Student Recreation and Fitness Center

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Facility Highlight — University of Maine

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In Maine, Rec Center Bound to LandscapeFor University of Maine students not interested in cross-country skiing or snowshoeing through the woods, staying in shape through the long winter season has historically been a problem.

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Architectural Showcase — University of Maine: Student Recreation and Fitness CenterThe largest project ever undertaken by the University of Maine, the new Student Recreation and Fitness Center strikes a harmonious balance with its natural surroundings.

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UM Starts Work on Rec CenterThe University of Maine broke ground Friday on a $25 million student recreation center, which university leaders hope will be a beacon to students for years to come.

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Fit at UMaineThe University of Maine System board of trustees late last month approved a longtime plan at UMaine to spend $25 million on a new fitness center

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$25M Fitness Center Approved for UMThe University of Maine System board of trustees Monday approved a $25 million sport and fitness center to be built at the Orono campus and funded by a combination of student and user fees.

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UMaine Surveys Students for Plan ApprovalUniversity of Maine students recently found surveys in their email in-boxes about the possibility of a new recreation center on campus.

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