KSU Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex Expansion
After being ranked as the worst recreation complex in the Big XII, Kansas State University students voted to approve a $23 million expansion of the Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex. Walter P Moore provided structural and civil engineering services for the expansion, which included a new cardio and weight room, seven new training rooms, a large multi-activity court gym, a 45’ rock climbing wall, new lounge and vending area, an expansion of the running track, and a new entrance to the south. The north portion of the new 4-lane, 1/5 mile elevated track extension cantilevers outside of multi-activity court gymnasium volume creating a unique experience for runners and walkers. The addition took advantage of natural light, by utilizing large expanses of glazing for most of the new spaces. Amenities such as a new snack bar and lounge area promote social gathering before and after workouts.
Civil engineering services included the design of a new parking lot to the south, modifications to the existing parking lot to the north, a new pedestrian plaza for the new south entrance, improved ADA accessible pathways, a new fire truck access lane, site utilities that included relocation of a campus fiber optic line and a complex stormwater management system. A large stormwater detention pond was designed south of the building. The pond was not only designed to manage excess runoff from the site, but also to improve existing offsite drainage issues being experienced downstream at the adjacent Edwards Hall. A large parking lot for the Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium is located west of the recreation center. A series of smaller detention ponds were designed in the area between the recreation center and the parking lot to manage the large amount of runoff generated from the parking lot. An outdoor walking/running trail was added in this area to create an additional amenity for the students.