At 4:30 am, exercise enthusiasts gather in the dark, waiting for the fitness center to open at 5. Before heading to work, they want to get in a workout on the strengthening and endurance equipment; a run around the indoor track; a swim in 1 of 3 pools; or some relaxation in a heated whirlpool tub, sauna, or steam room.
Beyond a daily fitness routine, the center has a broader focus for serving the health and wellness needs of the community. It also houses a variety of physician offices and urgent-care services where patients can be treated for infections and minor injuries requiring immediate attention but don't warrant a visit to a hospital emergency room.
One challenge faced by the design team was to arrange the varied programs so that they support and feed off one another. This relationship was accomplished through the use of common reception/control points and strong public circulation connections that link the varied functions. Similarly designed suite entries, registration, and natural stone feature walls help to connect the varied functions.
The 18-acre parcel has become the premier source for health and wellness services in Burlington County.