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Burdick to undergo expansion

1 September 2014 By Sam Shelton, Associate News Editor No Comments

Burdick Hall is slated to receive an addition worth approximately $34 million, although construction will not begin on the project until mid 2015. An aspect of the University’s Master Plan, the expansion is expected to reach completion by Summer 2017.

When the time comes, Lewis Contractors will manage the facility’s construction. However, at this time, the project is still in the “design development” stage, during which time details are typically incorporated. Architects for the project, GWWO Inc. and 360 Architecture, have been working toward the building’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, or LEED, Silver certification. GWWO previously handled the design of the West Village Commons.

“It’s pretty exciting. A lot of focus [has been placed] on fitness and group exercise, but also making sure that we capitalize on the space and have some multi-function space for some of our intramurals and sport clubs and things like that,” Director of Campus Recreation Services Grady Sheffield said.

In accordance with these goals, the expansion’s 95,000 square-foot design includes approximately 22,000 square feet of new fitness spaces, weight machines and other related equipment.
“To put [the expansion] in perspective, currently Burdick is a little over 100,000 square feet right now,” Sheffield said of the expansion’s expected size. “The challenge is that we’re building it on a small site, so that’s why it’s going to be multi-level.”

The first of these levels will include spaces for team-based sports such as indoor soccer, roller hockey and futsal. Another similar area will be used for volleyball and badminton.
The second floor is expected to serve as a reception and viewing space, where students will be able to check in and see all the action occurring on the level below. Students will also be able to access the existing kinesiology classrooms from there.

Level three will feature cardio spaces, an elevated track, which will connect the expansion with the existing building and five fitness studios, each with their own purpose. Three of these studios will be individually devoted to mind-body practices like yoga and Pilates, spin classes and combat exercises.

The smallest of the four levels, the top floor, will be approximately one quarter the size of the rest and will house functional training opportunities like CrossFit and bootcamp classes.

Other additions to the Burdick complex will potentially include walkways between the recently opened pedestrian bridge and Tiger Plaza, as well as possible options for unique fitness apparatus.
“One thing that is currently in design, it hasn’t been finalized yet, but there’s this idea that we’re going to have a fitness wall that you’ll be able to climb from level three to that fourth level,” Sheffield said.

Visibility and the overall look of the building were also considered during the project’s design process.

“I’ve heard people describe Burdick as ‘You can’t see what’s going on inside, it kind of looks like a big box of bricks.’ That won’t be the case with the expansion,” Sheffield said. “You’re going to be able to know what’s happening in Burdick when you’re outside and you’re going to want to be inside. It’s going to be awesome.”

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