Special Events / Recreation Center
Serving as Design Architect, Moody Nolan teamed with King & King, Architects LLP on the Special Events/Recreation Center (SERC), a160,000 sq. ft. addition to the Tuttle Physical Education facility.The SERC is comprised of three major program groups; the Event Center/House of Fields, Fitness/Wellness Areas, and Support Areas.
The Event Center/”House of Fields” is a 90,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose high ceiling space capable of hosting a variety of events ranging from concerts and commencement ceremonies to NCAA track and field events. The facility provides 1,200 retractable seats with the capacity to accommodate 3,000 to 4,000 for special events. The SERC configuration is based around a 200 meter track with lanes wide enough to accommodate disabled athletes and with the ability to be subdivided into three large field areas for multiple and concurrent athletic, physical education and recreation purposes. The fitness/wellness program is comprised of cardiovascular, free weights and strength circuit training areas, multi-purpose exercises rooms, and a three lane elevated walking/jogging track. Support areas for both events and social/physical interaction include concessions and daily café, event back-of-house functions, event loading and staging, and athletic training and storage.
The large SERC addition reorganizes and reinvigorates the entire Tuttle complex, developing a clear image, creating a primary entry and creating a student and visitor friendly social-educational environment. A connecting gallery along the south of the existing Tuttle gymnasium facility corrects a glaring existing circulation flaw and link east and west ends of the facility and provide direct SERC access to parking lots that flank the facility.