Rutgers University Gym Renovation
Joining the BIG 10 Conference in 2014, Rutgers is making major investments to upgrade both their Athletics programs and facilities to compete on the national stage in one of the premier NCAA conferences. Rutgers Gymnastic was in dire need of a new facility. Gymnastics had been relegated to a space at the end of a some basketball courts in a recreational building on campus. In 2018, construction began on the brand new 84 million dollar Athletic Performance Center. This new facility included an 11,000(approx) sqft gym for the gymnastics program.
In early 2019, they hired former Temple Head Coach Umme Salim-Beaslery and her staff. While at Temple, she and her staff rewrote the record books during their three seasons. When Umee was hired as head coach, she immediately contacted US Gym Products for the equipment and installation. Having worked with us at Temple University, she already knew about our unparalleled quality and attention to detail. The facility, having been designed by the former coaching staff, left us with having to fix some design flaws in the completed building.
The original plans called for a 48’x48′ recessed spring floor. This floor shared a 20×18 Resi mat area with the trampoline and balance beam. But the concrete pits for this resi mat, as well as the concrete pit for the spring floor, encroaches into the vault area. This would have pushed one of the vaults off-center with its pit. This is obviously unacceptable and needed to be fixed. So we reduced the spring floor down to a 44×44 floor. Using a wood platform system(fire-rated), we filled in the concrete pit to reduce its size. By reducing the floor by 4′, and filling in the concrete recess. The floor no longer interfered with the vaulting area.
Next, the pits for both the rod floor and spring floor were too deep. We built an infill system to raise both pits up so the rod floor and spring floor would be flush with the gym floor. Once that was complete, we were finally able to install the equipment.
The Gym Design Plan
The facility includes:
(1) 44×44 spring floor(recessed)
(2) floor beams
(4) competition beams(3 hard landing, 1 dual function w/resi & deep foam pits)
(3) vaulting table (resi, deep foam and hard landing)
(1) dual function single bar (deep foam on one side w/ resi mat on other)
2 – SA competition uneven bars
1 – single rail w/both deep foam and resi pit landing areas
1 – Trench bar
3 – low beams
4 – floor beams
1 – Pommel horse