The College of New Rochelle’s Wellness Center has received the 2013 Silver Award from the Society of American Registered Architects during its conference earlier this fall.
The Wellness Center designed by ikon.5 of Princeton, N.J., was completed in 2008. The two-story, 54,000-square-foot structure includes a 1,500-seat gym, competition-size pool, suspended running track, fitness and aerobics center and classrooms. The use of recyclable and natural materials, such as a grass roof, day lighting, and ground-source heat pumps among other features, earned the building LEED-Silver certification for environmental efficiency. The building is contructed of local granite, concrete and colored glass panels.
Thirty-five architectural firms were recognized for 56 design projects by SARA.
The Wellness Center “merges the relationship between building and landscape, and in doing so reduces energy consumption and demonstrates good stewardship of the earth,” according to the SARA. The jury noted the “rich use of materials and sculpting light,” and that the Center’s design and execution effectively “rejuvenates the body and mind.”
Judith Huntington, president of The College of New Rochelle, described the Center as a place “to promote wellness of the body, mind, and spirit.” She stressed the tremendous impact the Center has had on teaching and learning at the college and how it has helped “to draw high quality athletes to the College.”
The Wellness Center has also received awards from the New York League of Conservation Voters, Engineering News Record and others.