The new 244,000 sf center is a beacon for the campus offering individual and group training areas, an aquatics center, gymnasium, multipurpose court, indoor tennis, an elevated jogging track, mind-body studio, group exercise rooms and fitness neighborhoods throughout. The project “brings a new vibrancy to the Boston College campus,” per the extensive piece which quotes our Colleen McKenna and Rebecca Cegledy, Boston College’s associate AD and campus rec director.
The full feature story can be read online. Here are key excerpts:
On how the project fulfills Boston College’s mission
McKenna at CannonDesign was the project principal and said while working with the Boston College team throughout the process, she noted they were continually focused on their mission: helping students be healthier for generations. “The Connell Recreation Center is designed to ensure Boston College achieves that mission. What thrills me about the the new recreation center is that it truly reflects the heart and soul of the campus community.”
“Boston College committed to an inspiring vision for the project,” added Colleen. “It was an honor to work with the college and make their vision a reality. It’s a model for others across the country to follow.”
On the building’s transparency and energy
Cegledy’s favorite part is the windows. “The natural light and views out to campus and the reservoir are amazing. It fills me with energy, but also grounds me, and I hope our members are able to have that same experience.
She noted their old facility, like many campus recreation centers of the past, had eight windows, seven of which were on the front entrance and one behind the curtain on an emergency exit door. “We had thousands of people in the building, but from the outside, that energy was lost. The new facility also brings a new vibrancy to this part of lower campus, and part of that is from the windows and being able to see all the activity going on inside.”