Phase I of Kline Athletic Center renovation and expansion completes in Carlisle
Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania has recently celebrated the opening of a new addition to its campus: the Kline Athletic Center. Designed by Cannon Design, the Kline Athletic Center is a LEED Gold development that acts as Phase I of a multi-phase renovation of the existing athletics facility.
The original building was designed by architect Daniel Tully and features a long span timber-framed roof, creating a silhouette reminiscent of a mountain range. Cannon Design took this aesthetic as a starting point for their brand new building form with a design that is conceptually similar in terms of a robust structural system, but introduces a lot more natural light to the interior spaces.
Natural light is just one of the sustainable features incorporated into the Kline Athletics Center addition, with seasonal ventilation also playing a key role. Low level hopper windows are coupled with ceiling fans in the fitness skylight enclosure system to provide a comfortable and sustainable temperature throughout the year.
Another guiding factor in the building design was context, with Cannon Design keen to continue the energy of a nearby pedestrian channel within the complex. To do so, the tree-lined walk was extended with the integration of structural steel trees in the sky-lit interior concourse and as a support system for the covered entry court.
Internally the development features a student commons, a sky-lit lobby designed to link existing and future athletics activities, a small café, study areas, a fitness centre spread over two levels, and squash courts. It is hoped that the covered porchway will be used for multiple programmes such as yoga, tae kwon do, and warming up/down.
An interview with John Reed, Design Principal at Cannon Design will be published in an upcoming issue of News Review.