Providence, RI

Aquatics & Fitness Center, Brown University

The new 84,000-square foot aquatics and fitness center is a $46-million addition to the existing athletic facilities built on and near the site of the former Smith Swim Center on Hope Street. Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects and constructed by Shawmut Design and Construction, the project includes the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center, the Nelson Fitness Center, the David J. Zucconi ’55 Varsity Strength and Conditioning Center, Fredric B. Garonzik ’64 Fitness Area and the Ittleson Quadrangle.

The new aquatics & fitness center includes the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center, featuring a 56-meter swimming pool for varsity competition and recreational use, three-meter diving, and seating for 800 spectators. A system of movable bulkheads allows simultaneous activities by different groups and could increase recreational swimming time; the Nelson Fitness Center, which includes the 10,000- SF multipurpose Fredric B. Garonzik ’64 Fitness Area for students, faculty and staff. The center also includes the David J. Zucconi ’55 Varsity Strength and Conditioning Center, a 12,000-square-foot facility for varsity athletes and teams; the Ittleson Quadrangle, a large landscaped green space, replacing the parking lot in front of Meehan Auditorium and the Olney-Margolies Athletic Center; as well as three exercise studios; offices for coaches and administrative staff; and varsity locker rooms for men’s and women’s swimming and diving and water polo teams.

The building was designed to fit with the contextual and historical surroundings of Brown University's campus. 

The Center has a heat reclamation dehumidification system for the swimming pool area, and a solar thermal system for the locker rooms.The roof of the Aquatics Center features an array of solar panels - the largest hybrid solar-powered electrical and heating installation in the United States - that generate enough power to light the building and enough thermal energy to heat the center's million-gallon pool. The Fitness and Aquatics Center achieved a total energy cost savings of 28.58% compared with a similarly-sized building. 

The Green Engineer was hired by the Construction Manager (Shawmut) to provide sustainable design consulting as part of an integrated Design Build team. Our scope of services included sustainability meeting facilitation; design review; energy modeling; and LEED coordination, documentation, and submission. The project achieved LEED NCv2009 Gold certification.

Building Owner: Brown University

Architect: Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Photography: ©  Peter Aaron/OTTO for Robert A.M. Stern Architects

LEED® BD+C: New Construction, v2009 Gold certified