Q&A: Building Specifics
As we present our RecSports DREAM, we're taking your questions, comments and overall feedback into consideration.
Here we are documenting items related to the proposed building plans we have developed. Keep in mind that if this proposal does move forward, we will revisit these plans and take into account the needs of campus and our campus partners before deciding on a final design.
Feel free to read through the information we have here, and if it sparks any thoughts for you we invite you to share them with us via our online feedback form.
We also invite you to take a look at some of the architectural renderings for our DREAM on our DREAM home page.
Q: Where is the south renovation planned for the facility?
A: The south renovation is planned for where our sand volleyball courts currently reside. The proposed plan would include moving the sand volleyball courts from the south end of the building to other locations — northwest corner of Student Legacy Park; south of Goss Stadium once the ROTC Building is moved — allowing construction between the pool and Washington Way.
Q: Are the blueprints, sketches and models we’ve seen set in stone? Is this how the building would be laid out if this project moves forward?
A: Not necessarily. We have invested much time and effort in determining what we believe would be the best options for expansion. However, if this project were to move forward we would take into consideration the wants and needs of the campus and our campus partners before deciding on a final design.
Q: What are the cost estimates for the project?
A: We asked the architects to break the plan into separate parts that could be constructed separate from each other. Those estimated costs are…
- Phase One (south end of building): $12 million; SR3: $3 million.
- Phase Two (renovation of locker rooms, equipment issue, laundry): $2 million.
- Phase Three (northwest corner of original building, gymnasium, racquetball courts): $20 million.
- Phase Four (west side, atrium, entry, Healthy Campus Initiative, CAPS, programming and administrative offices): $9 million
Q: What about parking? That’s already a huge problem on campus.
A: As part of our study, the architects have worked with the university concerning future plans for campus parking and transportation. Quite honestly, this is beyond our control. The university has a concept of moving some parking form the core of campus to improve pedestrian circulation.
What we do know is the parking structure across SW Washington Way to the south of Dixon Recreation Center consistently has parking available aside from athletic events such as football or men’s basketball.
Q: There are many outdoor, grass spaces that are currently used for classes and other activities. It appears building expansion will move into some of this space. What is the plan for preserving these types of areas?
A: The building may take away some of those open spaces on the north side, but not much. The fir tree grove north of Goss Stadium maybe effected if the road circulation is changed or upgraded. The west side of the building in front of the weight room will not be impacted while the sand volleyball courts will be relocated. The natural resources of trees northwest of the building will not be touched.
There is also the anticipation of a pedestrian walkway between the north end of Dixon Recreation Center and the south end of Langton Hall. Part of Langton would likely be reduced to maintain natural areas around the north end of the building. We could potentially engage the area in renovation and create natural spaces that are ideal for outdoor classes and activities.
Q: Why aren’t we proposing connecting Dixon Recreation Center and Langton Hall?
A: That idea has been discussed but at this time the College of Public Health & Human Sciences has continual plans for use of the building. If this project were to move forward we would reopen those conversations and possibilities.