Continuing its plan to improve campus facilities, Brown University recently put the finishing touches on a new athletic complex. Located on Hope Street and Lloyd Avenue and designed to fit in with the surrounding architecture, the complex is comprised of three distinct centers.
The Nelson Fitness Center, which faces Hope Street, contains dance and fitness studios and a spacious fitness loft with stunning views of the campus. Facing the all purpose playing fields is the David J. Zucconi '55 Varsity Strength and Conditioning Center. In between these two wings is the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center. The Ittleson Quadrangle, a new, central green space, provides a natural link between the various athletic facilities.
The Aquatics Center houses a 56 meter swimming pool capable of allowing three-meter diving. The pool, intended for competition and recreational use, is bordered on one side with seating for 800 spectators. In a press release by Brown University, Michael Goldberger, director of athletics announced, “This magnificent new facility will give Brown’s varsity swimming, diving and water polo teams one of the league’s best venues for competition and training.”
On the roof of the Aquatics Center are 168 solar panels that will generate all electricity for the building. The million gallon pool will be heated with thermal energy. The center is Rhode Island's first hybrid (heat and power) solar installation, the largest one in the nation, and the first for a college campus.
Brown University Facilities Management asked Malcolm Grear Designers to design the exterior and interior wayfinding signage and donor recognition system for the new complex.