Douglas B. Gardner '83 Integrated Athletic Center

Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania

The Gardner Integrated Athletic Center at Haverford College accommodates all athletic and recreation activities. It houses three NCAA basketball courts (also used for volleyball and badminton), five international standard singles squash courts with a spectators' gallery, a fitness center with over 100 cardiovascular, selectorized and free weight machines, a practice fencing venue and a multi-purpose room for aerobic, dance and yoga training.

Gardner IAC is a modern building informed by the spirit of the College's oldest edifices. The large building program has been arranged as a collection of discrete, program-specific masses to reduce the visual impact of this large structure. Shaped in familiar ways with gable roofs, stone base and warm stucco walls, the building recalls the architecture of Founder's Hall (1833), the college's first building.

The building is LEED Gold Certified. To this end, the architects selected a building site that optimizes exposure to the sun, taking advantage of natural day lighting, and harvesting solar energy with an array of hot water generating solar collectors that heat the main lobby floor and supplements the building's hot water needs. The building's position, set into the fall of the land, provides natural insulation for the structure and lowers the amount of energy required to heat and cool the space within. Selection of materials received special attention, integrating renewable resources and high-recycled content.

The design of Gardner IAC involves a straightforward use of contemporary building technology and materials tempered by an understanding of the scale and texture of Haverford College's "plain and simple" Quaker aesthetic.


2010 Tucker Award for Design
Building Stone Institute
2007 Design Recognition Award
AIA Philadelphia
2007 Section Award for Lighting Design
Philadelphia Section, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
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