University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia,

Campus Recreation And Athletics Feasibility Study

In 1996 the University of Pennsylvania engaged B&D to evaluate the need for improvements to its recreation and athletic facilities. We were tasked to identify any gap between demand and available facilities and determine the amount of new space per activity that was required to meet that demand. Additionally, we were asked to provide input on architectural programs to satisfy any unmet demand and examine possible locations for new facilities. We used survey techniques, demographic analysis, and computer modeling to project facility requirements, and undertook a financial analysis to determine the financial feasibility of the architectural program needed. The strategy we recommended included: renovating and expanding the central-campus gym as a recreation center; constructing a new field house to accommodate athletics and recreation functions; and developing additional outdoor field space. As a result, the David Pottruck Health and Fitness Center, a 115,000 SF, $23 million recreation facility, opened in 2002; and the George A. Weiss Pavilion, a 55,000 SF, $22.5 million renovation project, was completed in 2010.

GIMBEL GYM TO DOUBLE IN SIZE

Construction is set to begin next summer on the $20 million project.

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OVERHAUL OF U. REC FACILITIES TO BETTER CAMPUS ATHLETICS

Following years of criticism over a severe lack of campus recreation facilities, the University has made several significant strides over the past 12 months — including the opening of a new indoor fitness center, the start of renovations on two athletic fields and the unveiling of plans for a major gymnasium expansion.

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U. ALUM DONATES $10M. FOR GIMBEL RENOVATION

Trustee David Pottruck’s gift will allow for the gym’s expansion, and the center will be named in his honor.

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U. TO UPGRADE RECREATION SPACE

Bower Field’s renovation will yield improved field space for club sports on the eastern edge of
campus.

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