University of Minnesota Recreation Center – Audiovisual & Multimedia Portfolio

Project Profile: University of Minnesota Student Recreation Center Expansion & Renovation

Elert & Associates worked with Studio Five Architects and the University of Minnesota Recreation Center staff to effectively double the size of the existing facility with a 145,000 square foot addition.

To enter the building, patrons pass through an outside plaza area that’s equipped with weather-resistant speakers, wireless microphone capability, and inputs for portable music devices. This plaza doubles as an alternative gathering space. Much of the technology inside the building is concealed, with projectors descending down on scissor lifts from two-story ceilings in multipurpose rooms and paging speakers tucked into a wire mesh ceiling grid.

Water- and sweat-resistant wireless microphone headsets were provided in the Spinning and Multipurpose Rooms to allow group exercise instructors to easily instruct a large class without vocal strain. Each of these rooms also includes a full presentation system with projector and screen to allow these spaces to be used for both instruction and daily fitness classes.

A new outdoor recreation center, complete with bouldering cave and 33-foot high climbing wall, includes a sound system with multiple control points and a large video monitor that alternates between signage, instructional material, or videos to inspire students to get involved in the myriad of outdoor activities offered.

Increased concern over security resulted in robust video surveillance and access control systems installed throughout the building with a focus on seldom-used corridors and inconspicuous areas.

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