The Defense Supply Center Richmond (DSCR) had an aging and small fitness center that was not accommodating the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) initiatives. RS&H was selected to provide design services to renovate two bays of a warehouse in order to provide an expanded, updated facility with areas for weightlifting, cardio stations, functional fitness, aerobics, spinning, martial arts, a racquetball court, a basketball court, locker rooms, sauna/steam rooms and a wellness center.
The RS&H team held a design charrette at the beginning of the design phase to collect data, interview stakeholders and establish key parameters for the floor plan and building function. The team used design guides and installation requirements specific to DSCR and used the Army Center of Standardization (COS) documents for Physical Fitness Centers as a guideline. The design team incorporated sustainable design features, UFC compliance and AT/FP measures and reused existing materials to honor the historic significance of the facility. Cybersecurity of the control systems was also incorporated.
Since part of the facility is currently occupied, design and construction activities were planned in a way that did not disrupt other tenants and phasing was coordinated closely with all stakeholders.