O’Connor Recreation Center
Johns Hopkins University: Baltimore, MD
Built in 2002, JPA provided MEP design and construction phase services for this $18M project which reimagined a comprehensive renovation and addition for the O’Conner Center, the primary facility for fitness programs, recreational sports, and experiential education on the Hopkins Homewood Campus. Giving new emphasis to social interaction and wellness, the project also enhanced the Center’s cardio, weightlifting, and flexible program spaces.
Based on the holistic concept of health integrating social, mental, and physical well-being, the design created innovative opportunities for meeting, gathering, and viewing through new experiences of space, light, and nature. Openness and connectivity governed the design, incorporating dynamic architecture, vitality, a modern identity, passive and active recreational spaces, sustainable design (IgCC compliant), sense of well-being, natural daylighting, natural meeting and collaboration spaces, social connection, and a high thermal resistance building envelope.
Project Photography: Tom Holdsworth