Saint Raphael Academy, Alumni Hall Athletic & Wellness Center
At A Glance:
• New Construction
• 30,268 s.f.
• Project Award
Vision 3 Architects designed the freestanding athletic and wellness center to support Saint Raphael Academy’s physical education, intramural and athletic programs. The core element of the facility is the gymnasium which features a full size basketball court with two overlapping practice courts, a full size volleyball court and seating for 850 spectators. The building also includes a “smart” multipurpose classroom, a state-of-the-art fitness and weight training room, conference room, athletic faculty offices, locker rooms, trainer’s suite, and an entrance lobby that becomes an extension of the gymnasium. The new center replaces the existing, circa-1925 facility and was designed to complement the historical context of the neighborhood, conserve natural resources and reduce overall operating costs.
“Vision 3 is very capable. They are easy to work with, and respond quickly when I sense an issue. The building design is excellent. The interior space incorporates an abundance of natural light elevating the quality of the academic environment. Saint Raphael Academy is in the Quality Hill historic residential neighborhood in Pawtucket, so we could not just build a simple metal box. The new building had to fit into the community. Vision 3 worked closely with the City Planning Department to develop a building design that complements the historic architectural character of the surrounding neighborhood and complies with the design guidelines of the City’s zoning ordinance. The project went through the City’s planning and zoning permitting process without any complications and was approved in the first submission. I continue to receive one compliment after the other about the building.”
Brother Daniel Aubin, F.S.C., Former President
Real Estate & Construction Review’s New England Edition Athletic Business, Architectural Showcase project, Building of America