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Hamilton College - Fitness & Squash

The athletic and recreation facilities at Hamilton College encompass 185,000 sf. Implementation of our master plan for renovation and expansion of the athletic/recreation center has significantly improved facilities for the intercollegiate athletes and recreational users. The first three of seven master plan initiatives are complete: (1) Adaptive Reuse of Saunders Hall as a Fitness Center; (2) Athletic Training; and (3) a New Squash Center.

The Charlean and Wayland Blood Fitness Center provides a 29,000 sf fitness program for Hamilton College, including weight training and aerobic/cardio areas, a 40’ high climbing wall, a dance studio, multi-purpose space, a juice bar, and locker facilities. The former Saunders Hall of Chemistry required major alterations for its adaptive reuse as a fitness center and focal point of student life. To those ends, we converted a former rear courtyard into a three-story glass atrium that looks out over the athletic fields.

The stone of the preserved Saunders Hall connects to the historic architecture of the core campus and recalls its past; the glass of the new atrium connects the center to the athletic fields and looks to the future.

The Little Squash Center, a 17,500 sf facility, features ten internationally-sized squash courts, a viewing gallery for two exhibition courts, team rooms for racquet sports, and offices for the coaches. Everything is open to view; it’s easy to move around and watch squash from tiered seating. The new building was carefully sited to buffer the large and unsightly Scott Field House to which it is attached. The squash facility provides an intimate “front porch” and a new entry for the field house. The entrance stairway is placed on axis with the primary roadway into the North Campus, thus providing a symbolic front door for athletics at Hamilton College.