The Kline Center at Dickinson College has earned an Award of Merit from the AIA New York State for institutional work in their annual design awards competition along with an online feature on Architect. The NYS honor marks the seventh design award the project has earned to date.
The renovated and expanded Kline Center is a building of opposites. The center’s addition is designed in many ways to be the antithesis of the historic building. The new center is light as opposed to dark, open as opposed to closed, etc.
The Kline Center is the first piece of a multi-phased renovation and addition to Dickinson College’s Kline Athletic Center. It provides needed additional space for Dickinson’s athletics programs and all students. New and enhanced features include additional fitness space, workout studios, squash courts, a basketball arena and natatorium. The new building helps for the Western Terminus of Dickinson Walk, a major campus pedestrian route, and helps visually announce athletics to the campus. The center seeks to capture the energy of Dickinson Walk, bring it into the building, and extend its reach further to the athletic complex and fields to the west via a glazed sky-lit concourse.
The existing building, a unique structure designed in the early 80s’ by the architect/engineer Daniel Tully, offers an architecturally significant long span room, made up of timber framed, hyperbolic parabola roof sections. The roof forms a visually active mountain-like profile on the campus skyline.