As with any building that has been previously renovated, accurately capturing the transition between old and new spaces is fundamental to success. In this case, the two structures were on different grades and Coast 2 Coast meticulously documented and connected the change in levels. Special attention was also placed on the façade and condition of the old building. The Coast 2 Coast survey team used a FARO Focus3D and Leica HDS 6000 laser scanner to produce the point cloud and a Leica TCR-407 total station for location-control and benchmark measurements throughout the site. For short distances along the walls, a LEICA Disto laser distance-meter was used. Delivery of As-built AutoCAD drawings, a 3D Point Cloud and 3D Revit Model provided the necessary intelligence to make informed decisions about the scope of the renovation.
On April 11, 2014, Washington University broke ground for the new Gary M. Sumers Recreation Center. The project was led by Architect James Kolker, assistant vice-chancellor of campus planning and director of capital projects in Facilities Planning & Management. The architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, together with St. Louis firm Hastings+Chivetta Architects, designed the center. Their design both preserves and transforms the historic Francis Gymnasium (Francis Field was the site of the first Olympic Games in the United States during the St. Louis World’s Fair) while creating modern spaces that are both functional and welcoming.