UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY AGGIE RECREATION CENTER
Project Confirmation Number: 7781
Entry Category Commercial:
Institutional: Schools, Churches, and Transportation Facilities
Utah State University
805 East 700 North
Logan, Utah 84321
Brief description of the project:
The Aggie Recreation Center (ARC) addresses indoor recreational needs of USU students. Uses include: open recreation use, intramural sports, club sports, non-credit fitness and wellness classes; campus events such as concerts and dances; university special events, and general student use. Designers incorporated flexibility into the ARC to adapt to shifting programmatic and user requirements.
Size of Building:
117,285 Sq Ft
Amount of Masonry Used (include all types and number of units):
MASONRY UNITS UTILIZED IN THE PROJECT:
Units: 74,831- 2 1/4” Emperor Brick
Units: 3,898 - 12 X 8 X 16 Honed Color Blend CMU (#629, Inca Tan, Kodiac Black)
Units: 6,885 - 8 X 8 X 16 Honed Color Blend CMU (#629, Inca Tan, Kodiac Black)
Units: 36,731 - 12 X 8 X 16 Natural Gray CMU
Units: 10,360 - 8 X 8 X 16 Natural Gray CMU
Project completion date: November 2015
Explain the project and its unique use of masonry materials and techniques:
As one approaches the Utah State University Campus from 700 North, the Aggie Recreation Center (ARC) is one of the first and most prominent buildings to appear. The building was meant to have a significant visual presence at this campus gateway. The building’s unique design incorporates several exterior materials which enable it to smoothly transition from the surrounding geographical area.
Masonry represents a primary building materials utilized in the ARC. Thousands of CMU units form the backbone of the building. Structural CMU walls surround and support several wide-span roof trusses which facilitate large open interior spaces in multiple areas of the building. Honed block, set in rhythmic patterns, is also featured prominently in the interior walls of gym and activity courts. Exposed CMU, rising 14 feet above playing surfaces, provides an interesting visual element when viewing interior spaces as separate from the sum of their parts.
8 inch and 12 inch CMU structural walls and stair shafts ascended as high as 60 feet. Building these tall, free standing walls made it very challenging to safely scaffolding and bracing the walls as they were erected. Klimer hydraulic scaffold platforms, which have a 75-foot free standing capability, were used to prevent the need to tie back project scaffolding. Hog Leg wall bracing systems were also used to safely brace the walls during construction. The structural design of the building required that massive steel plates be embedded into the masonry walls. With plates weighing as much as 300 pounds, hand installation was nearly impossible, so a jib crane was attached to forklifts to safely install the heavy steel embeds. One particularly tight area, with high walls, made the project challenging to safely install site-specific scaffolding. In response to this challenge, a hydraulic scaffold was used to gain access to safely erect structural CMU.
Decorative CMU used in the building blended three different colors. 50% #629, 30% Inca Tan, and 20% Kodiac Black. The CMU color palette was blended on site with the direction that no Kodiac Black CMU came in contact with another. In order to achieve the proper blend all courses had to be laid out in advance. The brick veneer was also value engineered from modular brick to 2 ¼ inches, this step created an overall cost savings for the brick veneer utilized in the project.
Nearly all of the ARC is covered by CMU separated by a vapor barrier and finished in brick veneer. The building also meets the state’s rigid requirements for High Performance Building Standards. Inset coursings add a subtle decorative accent to the project. Exterior brickwork makes use of a ribbed horizontal pattern which runs the length of the building on nearly all sides, with the exception of the building’s façade, which utilizes cast-in-place concrete and Architecturally Clad Metal (ACM) panels which convey the appearance of wood without the high maintenance requirements often associated with wood in an exterior application.
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