Reynolds Gym Transformation is Complete!

The transformed historic Reynolds Gym is home to all things  health and well-being at Wake Forest University!

This project transforms the 60 year old Reynolds Gymnasium, a longstanding workhorse of Wake Forest’s Reynolda Campus, and provides a new home for expanded and renovated facilities serving Student Recreation and Wellness, Student Health Services, and Women’s Volleyball.

But this facility is so much more than a gym. The Reynolds Gym transformation project reflects Wake Forest’s leadership among universities focused on enhancing all aspects of personal well-being. Early in the planning stages for the renovated facility, Wake Forest students made it clear they wanted Reynolds to be “more than a gym.” So, social space – not a significant feature in many campus recreation and wellness centers – was a priority when redesigning the building. The 180,000 square-foot hub for well-being triples the amount of fitness space available on campus and features a new lounge space ideal for socializing, conversation, relaxation or studying.

“Our vision for a residential community includes creating spaces that enhance all aspects of students’ well-being. We have no greater priority than to provide our students and our community with a place in which they can thrive.”    —   President Nathan Hatch

Reynolds Gym now boasts wide open spaces and abundant natural light, a welcome change from the original 1950s design.

Wake Forest celebrated the completion of the renovation and transformation of Reynolds Gym into a well-being center with a campus grand opening March 28th, 2018. Leadership gifts through the Wake Will Lead campaign made the $58 million renewal effort possible – Read more about the project from the University here.

Taking a gym built in the 1950s – when bi-level and tri-level construction was popular – and creating a place with open spaces and an abundance of natural light presented some design and construction challenges.  To meet some of the challenges, work was completed in phases and RDG collaborated with the university, students, consultants, and contractors to bring this project life.

  • Phase I, the Sutton Center, is a remarkable two-story addition to the 60-year-old gym. It is the first of three phases to turn Reynolds Gym into a hub for campus-wide well-being and provides 46,000 square feet of space for fitness programming and campus activities connected to Reynolds Gym by a floor-to-ceiling glass atrium. (completed in 2016)
  • Phase II provides new state-of-the-art fitness equipment, a 3,000 square-foot open living room, a bouldering and climbing wall and fitness space for weight training and other activities. (completed in 2017)
  • Phase III is highlighted by the opening of an eight-lane indoor pool, which replaces the original 1956 pool. In addition, it includes more than 50,000 square feet of enhanced fitness, recreation and social spaces, including group fitness studios for students, faculty and staff; multipurpose rooms for intramural and club sports; and a varsity court for the volleyball team. (completed in 2018)

This prominent facility allows state-of-the-art programs to be organized with a high degree of transparency creating a visually dynamic experience throughout! It truly is much more than a gym, it’s the new common area that brings the campus community together and helps everyone stay active. Reynolds Gym is a building transformed, and a strong recruiting magnet for students.

Congratulations to our team members:

Owner: Wake Forest University

Architect: RDG Planning & Design

Landscape Architect: RDG Planning & Design

Aquatic Design Consultant: Aquatic Design Group

Structural Engineering: Sutton Kennerly

MEP Engineering: MSWG Engineering

Civil Engineering: Allied Engineering

Code Consultant: Falcon Engineering

Cost Consultant: Stecker-Harmsen, Inc.

Construction Manager: FL Blum Construction Company

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