The Bridge
  • Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • 156,000 SQ. FT.
  • Architectural Services
  • Project Cost: $40,000,000
  • Completed 2020

The Bridgeport Indoor Sports & Recreation Complex represents the largest single capital improvement project in the history of the City of Bridgeport. The City set out on this project with clear goals in mind: Establish a recreational venue that would draw patrons from a larger regional area and provide an economic stimulus for the North Central West Virginia Area.

Visitors who enter the facility are greeted immediately by the central welcome and reception desk along with views into the gymnasium and competition Natatorium.
Beyond the welcome desk is the main hall with connections to the gymnasium, team meeting rooms, locker areas to access the competition natatorium, and the stair & elevator to the upper level. Adjacent to the main entry lobby is the café with both indoor and outdoor point of sale locations as well as seating areas. Near the café is the Clip-n-Climb indoor climbing area that will act as a visual terminus to the hall off the lobby.

The upper level of the facility is designed to serve both the athlete and sports tournament patron as well as the community user. At this level is the indoor turf space with visibility from the main floor below. From the indoor turf area, a user can directly access at grade to a future outdoor turf area through a series of large glazed overhead doors.

The community fitness center is designed with openness in mind with designated spaces for cardio, circuit training, strength and conditioning, and functional fitness activities. In conjunction with the open fitness space is a group exercise studio as well as a walk/jog track with two separate paths. One path takes a user around the six (6) court gymnasium on a loop of 842 ft. (6.25 laps/mile) and a second offshoot takes a user on a “tour of the facility” around the perimeter of the fitness center with views to the competition natatorium, main hall below, and into the indoor turf space to create a unique user experience. The tour of the facility track takes a user on a longer loop of 1,124 ft. (4.7 laps/mile).

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