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C.W. Driver completes Rec Center on CSUN campus

The state-of-the-art fitness center supports university’s goal to encourage student recruitment and retention.

April 11, 2012 |
C.W. Driver utilized a variety of sustainable building practices during construc

C.W. Driver completed construction on the new, 118,000-sf Student Recreation Center at California State University, Northridge, (CSUN) in Northridge, Calif.

Located centrally on campus and designed to LEED Gold standards by Irvine-based LPA, Inc., the Student Recreation Center, which opened in January 2012, will serve as a campus gathering place and as a recruitment tool for prospective students.

The two-story complex incorporates a three-court gymnasium, a multi-activity-court, and an 18,500-sf weight and fitness space, among other cutting-edge exercise equipment and amenities. On the eastern portion of the structure, C.W. Driver erected a glass façade, which acts as a “human billboard” to advertise activities to the neighboring community.

C.W. Driver utilized a variety of sustainable building practices during construction, contributing to the center’s LEED Gold certification, such as the use of recycled materials, green roof and cool roof systems, and photovoltaic panels to optimize energy performance. Much of the complex’s exterior consists of glass and the lighting system is enhanced by solatubes, allowing 90 percent of the center to benefit from natural light.

Additionally, solar panels installed on the roof and a ventilation system that moves air naturally through the building contribute to the building’s energy conservation. BD+C

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