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Worcester Polytechnic Institute Sports & Recreation Center

The award-winning WPI Sports and Recreation Center is home to the brightest student-athletes in the northeast.

Gilbane Maximizes Highly Successful Track Record on WPI’s Campus

Gilbane added to its history with WPI by building the new four-story LEED-NC Gold sports and recreation center. The project included a swimming and diving pool, four-court gymnasium, fi tness center, climbing wall, indoor rowing tank, indoor running track, three racquetball/squash courts, dance studios, training/rehabilitation spaces, and coaches’ offi ces. The natatorium contains a 25-meter swimming pool, varying in depth from four-14 feet to accommodate both competitive swimming and diving. Pool support spaces include seating for 250 spectators, a lifeguard room, as well as storage, and filtration areas. The gymnasium features a three-lane jogging track around its perimeter.

The center presented some geotechnical and structural challenges. For one, the building was built into a 30-foot hill. Also the design called for the gymnasium to be built on top of the competition swimming pool. To solve these critical issues, Gilbane’s team provided innovative solutions like geopiers and specialized steel arches to make adjustments during the design phase and avoid costly construction changes. The project completes the quad, where Gilbane previously built the new admissions building, residence hall, and new campus center.

BIM Utilized to Power Robotics Competitions

Part of the program was to create a space for robot teams to use to prepare for their competitions, held in the adjacent building so the robots could easily roll from the prep space to the competition space. However, by utilizing BIM software, Gilbane discovered that the desired heights for the robotics program were not realized in the base design. As part of our intensive collaboration with WPI, our team contacted the lead robotics professor to assist with the re-work, which saved thousands of dollars.

“The attentiveness, thoroughness, seriousness, helpfulness, and personal engagement of each person was just terrific. The Gilbane team has been very sensitive to our operational needs. It was a real pleasure working with each of them.”

-Fred DiMauro, Assistant Vice President, WPI