NIRSA, the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association, has awarded Brown University's new Fitness and Aquatics Center the "Outstanding Sports Facility" honor. The state-of-the-art facility is comprised of three top-tier programming areas, the Nelson Fitness Center, the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center, and the Zucconi Varsity Strength and Conditioning Center.
Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, the building incorporates the historic cupola and clock from the University's former Marvel Gymnasium. The architecture provides a neoclassical focus to the athletics complex, which is centered on the Ittleson Quad, a generous green space with gardens, pathways, and benches. The roof of the Aquatics Center features the largest hybrid solar-powered electrical/heating system in the country, providing heat to the pool.
Malcolm Grear Designers designed all of the exterior and interior signs as well as the donor recognition program. A variety of materials — granite, blue stone, and slate — were used for different areas of the complex. The combination of typography, color, and proportion with these traditional materials, strikes a balance between the classic and the cutting-edge characteristics of the architecture.