University of Rochester


Athletic/recreation Market Analysis, Programming, Design Review, And FF&E

In 1997, under the direction of Ayers/Saint/Gross Architects, the University of Rochester engaged B&D to participate in the programming and design of renovations to existing recreation and athletic facilities. The facilities varied in quality and were built in phases over the course of 70 years. Because of this phasing, the spaces generally did not work well together, resulting in access problems, wayfinding difficulties, and space inefficiencies. Our primary objective was to assist in the development of a program and building design to improve conditions for both faculty and students. Our work included an analysis of existing facilities, review of previous documentation, campus interviews, demographic analysis, competitive context analysis, activity prioritization analysis, programming, design review, and FF&E specification. The most significant functional issues we identified included ADA access, HVAC, security, deferred maintenance, and circulation. In addition, we determined the following programmatic improvements to be the focus of renovations: the weight and fitness space; the size of the indoor field house and track; the number of squash courts; the number and location of indoor tennis courts; and the zoning of various user groups in the building. Our project involvement also included design consultation, committee meetings, and interviews with personnel in athletics, intramurals, and administration. The resulting program and subsequent design for renovations to the 200,000 SF Goergen Athletic Center yielded a $14 million project with the highest value for the entire university community. The first phase of improvements opened in 2000, and the remaining improvements opened in 2002.