Magazine article University Business

Haverford College (Pa.): Gardner Integrated Athletic Center

Magazine article University Business

Haverford College (Pa.): Gardner Integrated Athletic Center

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* FUNCTION: Sports and rec center featuring interactive art exhibits and displays of athletics history at Haverford College, a 1,140-student school.

* CHALLENGES: Efforts to integrate curriculum areas at Haverford began with three academic centers. When an athletic building project arose, President Thomas Tritton envisioned integrating athletics with the arts, explains Greg Kannerstein, the athletic director and an associate dean (who becomes dean in July). The planning team sought an environmentally friendly design, which would require cost-containment efforts, while breaking new ground as one of the first athletic buildings to meet the US Green Building Council's LEED standards. Coincidentally, an early meeting was held on September 11, 2001, the day Cantor Fitzgerald CEO Howard Lumick lost his colleague, best friend, and Haverford classmate Douglas Gardner, who played basketball. Turning out a great building took on new importance, Kannerstein says. Three of the four alumni victims were athletes.

* SOLUTIONS: Officials mulled over 14 different sites before selecting a spot near the campus center, which "had been a little isolated at the south end of campus," Kannerstein says. …

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