NORTH CAROLINA A&T STATE UNIVERSITY MOORE GYM RENOVATION
As part of the development of the New Student Center project at North Carolina A&T State University, Vines Architecture was asked to develop a strategy for creating a temporary student union while the existing facility was demolished and the new building constructed.
The design for the swing space proposes to convert a portion of two floors in the existing Moore Gym which are currently locker rooms and showers, weight rooms, and a former swimming pool area, into staff and student offices, student lounge areas, study areas, meeting spaces, and recreation areas. New mechanical, electrical, and plumbing fixtures will be installed and window repair and replacement will be done to make the building more attractive and increase the amount of light into the spaces. The interior renovation also includes the demolition of existing locker rooms and code upgrades to accommodate the new building use and non-compliant issues. In addition, a full code evaluation and improvements were done to ensure that the entire Moore Gym still meets code based upon the change of use at the north end of the building.
The new finishes utilized in the building were selected to reflect the materials and concepts that have been developed for the New Student Center design. Utilizing the proposed finishes in the new facility will allow the building to be “test lab” for the design team, university, and students to see if alternate items need to be selected based on durability, comfort, or performance.
Once the New Student Center is constructed and operational, it is intended that the swing space may serve as a temporary space for other facilities undergoing renovations or may be converted into permanent teaching or office spaces depending on needs at that time.