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Eielson Air Force Base Physical Fitness Center

Design-build project offers fitness in frigid temperatures

Eielson AFB, Alaska

For U.S. Air Force personnel stationed at Eielson Air Force Base (AFB), seven months of frigid, wintry, Alaska weather keeps the airmen indoors for exercise. Before expanding the base’s physical fitness center, up to 300 personnel would squeeze onto a single basketball court for morning workouts.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers turned to Stantec as part of a design-build team to renovate the existing field house and more than double the space at the fitness center. Our team worked with the client to design layout efficiencies that trimmed considerable square footage from the building, allowing USACE to award all the options for the project. One betterment was a continuously-insulated translucent panel wall that extends down both sides of the elevated 1/8-mile track that circles an oversize artificial turf exercise field.

The energy-efficient, translucent panel has similar insulating value to a traditional wall, yet allows diffused daylight to enter the facility – a key benefit in a place where light is a wintertime commodity. The exterior form of the building reflects the interior function by flowing the curving walls of the track in and out of the overall building.

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