In August 2014, the new 100,000 square-foot brick and glass Fitness and Athletics Center opened its doors to welcome our preseason athletes back to school, well ahead of its planned opening in fall term.
The building, almost four times the size of the Worth Sports Center building it replaced, is a soaring, light-filled space and one can easily imagine it filled with students every day.
The design of the building assimilates architectural details from around campus including the west entrance portico to Hallowell Arts Center, metal clad windows, the limestone belt around the buildings, and the selection of red and Coventry bricks.
The design also maximizes natural light, a feature that is immediately evident in the entryway and wide, soaring central corridor. The hallways are lined with windows giving visitors a glimpse into the different facilities that make up the Fitness and Athletics Center and the block walls include bands of texture and color that add a welcome design detail to the space. The terrazzo floor in the central corridor is a historically durable and resilient flooring made of mostly recycled marble, quartz, granite, and other age-old materials.
The building includes:
- A fully-equipped, 4,200 square-foot fitness center.
- A high-efficiency, 25-yard, 8-lane pool with buffered areas, a wide deck, and room for 100 seated spectators on the upper level.
- A 12,634 square-foot performance gymnasium with two full-sized hardwood courts and seating for 400 spectators.
- A multi-purpose gym with two courts for training and competition.
- A yoga and movement studio that offers tranquil views of the green roof garden.
- A wrestling room with two mats for practice and competition.
“I am hoping that everyone in the George School community finds something in the new Fitness and Athletics Center that gets them moving. Whether it’s working out with weights in the fitness center, running on a treadmill that overlooks the pool, taking part in a yoga or small-group training class, swimming laps early in the morning, or playing pick-up basketball, volleyball, or badminton, I hope that everyone will regularly spend time in this amazing new resource,” remarked Athletic Director Paul Weiss.
The facility will offer many opportunities for individuals who don’t consider themselves athletes in the traditional sense. The multisport gymnasium will host a variety of instructional and recreational sports for physical education, fitness classes will be held in the fitness center, yoga in the movement studio, and swimming will even be available as a physical education class.
Learn how you can continue to support the “Fit for the Future” fundraising initiative. If you have questions regarding donations, please contact Stewardship and Donor Relations Coordinator Tessa Bailey-Findley at 215.579.6572.