United States Marine Corps Base, Quantico

Quantico,

Physical Fitness Center Programming

The Department of the Navy Engineering Field Activity Chesapeake contracted B&D in 2000 to perform a programming effort for the base’s new Semper Fit Physical Fitness Center. The programming effort–which included site analysis, user interviews, building program definition and specification, and a tour of existing facilities–was initiat-ed to define the building requirements for a second A/E team responsible for the design-build of the new facility. The project team we were on was charged with defining the requirements for a facility that would meet the architectural standards of contemporary recreation facilities both inside and outside the military and the programmatic requirements of the advanced Semper Fit program already underway at the base. Existing facilities were severely inadequate with regard to both these goals. Therefore, in order to meet the mission of supporting the holistic training of military personnel and enhancing the quality of life on base, a vision for a new facility was developed. It was determined that a new physical fitness center would greatly improve both the quan-tity and quality of base fitness facilities and allow a substantial increase in quality and variety of programmatic offerings. We delivered a design-build program document identifying the building specifications needed to achieve the required improvements. The plan provided space for a variety of functions including physical fitness, health assessments, and athletic competition. The 5,300 square foot Barber Fitness Center opened in June 2003.