Breaking The Silence

The facility also was requested to be designed in a durable manner that can withstand heavy use by the public, yet require light maintenance by staff members and the facilities department. All public areas on the first floor have painted CMU walls for constant contact with epoxy paint in the concessions and restroom facilities. Where gypsum board is within public reach, high-abuse gypsum sheathing is provided, which boasts a thicker craft-paper facing to take the general bumps and bruises from periodic contact. Access to the HVAC units for servicing is made simple as they are placed within a gated yard on the ground or located on the first-story roof and accessible through the second-story restrooms. Access is provided through the female restroom as well to accommodate female mechanical technicians. No mechanical units are provided on the second-story roof.

Introducing Redan To The Community

On June 1, 2010, the recreation center opened to the community two months ahead of schedule for summer-camp activities and general use by the surrounding neighborhoods. The official grand opening was held on July 10, 2010. Amenities include:

• A full hardwood-floor gymnasium with six retractable basketball goals and telescoping bleacher seating

• An elevated walking track above the gymnasium

• A fitness room with locker-room facilities

• A large game room for the youth, which includes a long concrete-bench seat wall

• Child-watch facility with dedicated restroom

• Multi-purpose dance room with hardwood floors, mirrors and ballet bars

• An arts and crafts room with a pottery kiln

• Multi-purpose and dividable meeting rooms

• A computer lab with eight stations.

Matthew Cramer, AIA, LEED AP is a project manager at Lose & Associates in Nashville, Tenn. He can be reached via e-mail at mcramer@loseassoc.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information on the firm, visit

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