AEP Fitness Center/OKC Ballet

Oklahoma, USA. 2015

  • Project Details
  • Completion: 2015
  • Clients: American Energy Partners LP

The AEP Fitness Center extends an unused basement structure in northern Oklahoma City into a sports and leisure hub. A series of arched steel trusses are placed over an existing concrete basement. The trusses are clad with industrial-scaled profile metal sheeting to enclose a singular hangar-like volume with fully-glazed gables. Two boxes are then inserted; a single storey steel-clad volume punches through the front gable to provide an entry vestibule to the east, while a larger cube is placed within the central space containing two racquetball courts within and an adaptable climbing wall on its western face. Additional internal facilities include a basketball court, fitness studios of varied sizes, changing and locker rooms and a café. On the outside a running track, courtyards, terraces and a sunken retention pond (which doubles as a volleyball court) cater for a wide range of external activities.

Awards

AIA Central Oklahoma Design Excellence Award - Merit Award 2016 American Architecture Award 2016 American Institute of Architects Central States Regional Design Excellence 2016 Urban Land Institute award for Best Large Scale Infill Development Project 2016

Next steps for Oklahoma City Ballet

02/11/2017

Next steps for Oklahoma City Ballet

The Oklahoma City Ballet has been awarded funding to continue the transformation of the former AEP Fitness Center into a new base for the company and school. Originally completed in 2015, the award-winning building became the new home of the OKC Ballet in May of this year, and will be known as the Susan E Brackett Dance Center. The new funding from the  Oklahoma-based Kirkpatrick Foundation will ensure the redevelopment of two new studios below ground and see the transformation of the former basketball court and current ground floor studio into a new performance hall. Find out more about OKC Ballet’s plans for the development here.
 



 

AHMM at the World Architecture Festival

18/11/2016

AHMM at the World Architecture Festival

No 1 Oxford Street (Future Commercial Mixed Use) and Weston Street (Future Residential) have both been highly commended at the World Architecture Festival Awards this week. The Library at Willesden Green, 119 Farringdon Road, Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre, 61 Oxford Street, and AEP Fitness Center were also shortlisted. Simon Allford has once again been a judge at the Festival, held this year in Berlin. Find out more about the shortlisted and winning projects here.
 



 

AIA Central Oklahoma Design Excellence Awards

09/11/2016

AIA Central Oklahoma Design Excellence Awards

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has picked up four awards at this year’s AIA Central Oklahoma Design Excellence Awards. Jesus Saves, a former bible bindery converted into a two family dwelling, was awarded the Merit Award for Residential Architecture. Two AHMM projects were awarded a Merit Award for Commercial Architecture: OKSea, a collection of 17 shipping containers repurposed to house a corn dog bar, a donut shop, juice bar and office spaces; and AEP Fitness Centre, which involved the redevelopment of an unused basement structure in northern Oklahoma City into a new sports and leisure centre. The Honor Award for Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse was presented to the Plow Building, now the home of AHMM’s Oklahoma office.
 



 

UK and US awards success

21/10/2016

UK and US awards success

This week has seen further awards recognition for AHMM’s work in the UK and the US. AEP Fitness Center and OKSea both won American Institute of Architects Central States Regional Design Excellence awards, which recognise outstanding architecture in the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma. On Wednesday evening Alconbury Club was awarded Commercial Project of the Year at the Structural Timber Awards, in recognition of its innovative use of cross-laminated timber. Finally this week, White Collar Factory was named MIPIM UK/Estates Gazette Visionary Building of the Year at the MIPIM UK conference, where Simon Allford also chaired a panel discussion earlier in the day.

 



 

AEP Fitness wins American Architecture Award

30/08/2016

AEP Fitness wins American Architecture Award

AEP Fitness Center has been selected by the Chicago Athenaeum as one of this year’s American Architecture Award winners. Chosen from a shortlist of 380 projects from all over the United States, the award winners will be celebrated at a gala dinner in October and in an exhibition organised in conjunction with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies, starting in Athens this December. AEP Fitness Center’s success follows that of Burntwood School, which received a Chicago Athenaeum International Award earlier this year.
 



 

World Architecture Festival Awards 2016

07/07/2016

World Architecture Festival Awards 2016

Seven AHMM projects have been shortlisted for the 2016 World Architecture Festival Awards, four completed projects – The Library at Willesden Green, Royal Court Liverpool, 61 Oxford Street , and AELP Fitness Center; and three unbuilt/future projects – 119 Farringdon Road, Number One Oxford Street, and Weston Street. The winners will be chosen over the three-day World Architecture Festival in November, held this year in Berlin. The full shortlist and more information about WAF can be found here.
 




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