Metal building systems are highly versatile, providing environments for many sports/recreation uses, such as fitness clubs, indoor sports facilities, community recreation, equestrian centers and much more.
Metal buildings provide a solution that is quick to construct, long-lasting and low-maintenance. That means lower long-term costs and reduced facility maintenance requirements over the entire life of the structure.
Versatile clearspan structures have no interior columns which allows for the hassle-free reconfiguration of spaces. Such flexibility allows an owner to easily change out fitness or recreation equipment, add new programs and adapt the space to meet changing consumer expectations.
A case in point is Evan’s Fitness Club in Evans, Georgia. When owner and general manager Mike Montarbo envisioned his quintessential fitness center, he imagined a contemporary, industrial appearance featuring exposed framing and wide-open interiors. The 50,000 square foot fitness club includes racquetball courts, a rock climbing wall, a golf simulator, an indoor running track, a two-story spin room, a cardio room with cinema, batting cages, and aerobics studios.
Members have been impressed by its sleek and contemporary appearance. Evan’s Fitness Club’s management team plans to build another facility with similar aesthetics in the future.
Metal buildings also serve the growing indoor skydiving market. Paraclete XP Skyventure in Raeford, North Carolina is a case in point. The owner’s design and construction team was able to meet the expedited schedule and unique facility requirements due customized solutions, flexibility, durability, and ease and speed of construction of the metal building system. The indoor skydiving facility has four 541 horsepower fans to provide a range of air flow for all skydiving training and recreation and currently houses the largest indoor vertical wind tunnel.
Many community centers also rely on the versatility that metal buildings will provide. Bentonville Community Center in Arkansas is just one example. This 80,000 square foot facility serves the local community by providing an aquatic center with indoor pool, a full-fitness gym and many more amenities.
Another community venue, the Myrtle Beach Sports Center in South Carolina, features 8 indoor basketball courts and 16 volleyball courts. This 100,000 square foot metal building hosts over 15 million visitors per year and was designed to host both sporting events and trade shows.
Metal building systems are custom engineered to provide an exact fit for each specific developer’s program. After a building’s specifications are input into building design software, components and structural members are manufactured, then materials are delivered to the construction site as a complete package—assuring single-source responsibility and consistency in overall project delivery.
Metal buildings allow space for energy efficient insulation which saves money and reduces interior noise. Flexible wall panel configurations accommodate future expansion as well as potential equipment and programming changes. The wide range of flexible design alternatives helps owners meet the branding objectives of their franchise facilities and multiple locations.
Metal building systems are the most sustainable and efficiently designed solution for today’s low-rise commercial market. Due to benefits like design, durability, single source responsibility, fast delivery, sustainability and speed of construction, metal buildings are the preferred choice for a growing number of fitness and recreation locations nationwide.
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