Kicking off the “School” section of this year’s Architectural Showcase in Athletic Business magazine is the BKSK-designed Athletics and Wellness Center for Convent of the Sacred Heart. Despite the site’s tight footprint, the 53,000 square foot center features an extensive program that serves the current school community as well as nine other independent schools in CSH’s sports league, the nearby Christo Rey School, and a range of local organizations with fitness programming, such as 92Y and Asphalt Green.
In the initial planning the project, a survey was given to the Convent of the Sacred Heart school community about their expectations for an athletic center. The two most requested elements were competition-sized swimming pool and volleyball/basketball court. Since these spaces require a significant amount of cubic footage, the project team diligently tested all possible orientations for both. A striking truss system was one of many design approaches devised to ensure that both facilities could be included and fully structurally supported.
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