WSU Fitness Center2

Fitness Center – Wayne State University – Detroit, MI

Approximately 70,000 SF two-story lobby and social space, control center, a sculptural climbing wall, cardiovascular and weight training fitness area, and administrative offices, are on the first floor.

The second floor consists of a gymnasium with two full basketball courts, an aerobics/dance studio, and multi-purpose room.

The third floor provides a three-lane running track and additional fitness equipment area – locker rooms, leisure pool and mechanical spaces, are placed in the lower level.

Desai/Nasr’s challenge was to design the structural floors with adequate stiffness to deal with rhythmic vibrations from the aerobic and gymnasium activities. Desai/Nasr used the “vibration tuning” process to design the framework to meet the structural performance.