University of Miami

Coral Gables,

Recreation, Fitness, And Wellness Center Feasibility Analysis, Architectural Program, Referendum Support, And Design Review

In 1993 B&D completed a comprehensive feasibility study and wrote a detailed program of architectural requirements for a 110,000 gross square foot student recreation, fitness, and wellness facility at the University of Miami. Our planning incorporated the university administration’s strategic objectives, detailed analysis of the on- and off-campus market for facilities, numerous interviews with projected user groups and student organizations, technical site and massing studies, detailed program analysis, technical specification, program documentation, financial modeling, and the management of a student referendum to approve student fees financing the project. We were also responsible for critiquing the design and evaluating its adherence to the program as it proceeded through schematic design and design development. In addition, we were enlisted to provide updates of financial projections as the project moved through the development process. Incorporating recreation, fitness, and wellness components, the 120,000 SF, $13.5 million Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center (formerly the George A. Smathers Student Wellness Center) opened in January 1996. It went on to receive a Facility of Merit award from Athletic Business magazine.