Substance Architecture


University of Iowa Recreation Building Renovation

Iowa City, Iowa

A renovation of the lower level of the University of Iowa Recreation building was long overdue. It had already been remodeled several times for four various intercollegiate teams, strength and conditioning, and athletic training spaces. substance was tasked with aggregating the unique requirements of each team and enhancing the space’s functionality and efficiency while providing a warm, welcoming space for student-athletes, staff, and recruits.

Centrally located and adjacent to many Athletic Department facilities, these improvements serve a majority of the Athletics programs and allow for improved operations and management of the training that takes place there. With the relocation of several programs to the Hawkeye Campus (field hockey, tennis, soccer), space that contained locker rooms for these sports was newly available and used to address the overcrowding of the current facilities.

The renovation also addresses building entry. What was once a back door facing a west parking lot was transformed through facade alterations to allow daylight into the lower level space while establishing a significant entry point from the west. These strategic renovations have transformed a congested, outdated set of spaces into a state-of-the-art training facility for student-athletes to excel.

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