2017 Design Award

"The Linc" - Lincoln University Wellness & City Parks Multi-Purpose Recreation Center
Jefferson City, Missouri
Honorable Mention

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The Architects Alliance, Inc.
General Contractor:  Sircal Contracting, Inc
Photographer:  Full Spectrum Photo

"Stronger Together" This project combined limited resources from two institutions, Lincoln University and the City of Jefferson Parks and Recreation, to create a structure for the entire community.

Lincoln University combined efforts with the Architect to determine programmatic needs, budget parameters, and land acquisition requirements in order to build a student recreation center to include one gym court and a fitness center as its first phase.

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City of Jefferson Parks and Recreation simultaneously planned for a recreation center to include multiple gym courts and community meeting spaces, but needed adequate funding and a centrally located site available to the entire community.

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The University Board of Regents and the City Council shared common facility goals and limited resources.  A partnership resulted in a facility that exceeded the expectations of each.  The combined funding enabled an architectural program which included 4 gym courts, spectator seating, an elevated running track, public meeting rooms, University classrooms, a fully equipped fitness center, concessions, multi-purpose dining, locker rooms, an administrative suite, a game room, and a rooftop deck overlooking the football stadium's 50 yard line.

To form this partnership, the University provided a central site on campus and 40% of the funding, while the City provided 60% of funding and utility infrastructure assistance.  The economic impact has been exponential.  In the surrounding area, a new Boys and Girls club has been constructed, the University football stadium has seen a renovation, and the public high school is beginning a $35m renovation.

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