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Zesiger Sports & Fitness Center

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Roll over photo thumbnails to change large image.        All photographs by Andy Ryan.
Architect Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo & Associates
Completed 2002
Scope 125,000 gsf
design features
  • Olympic-class 50-meter pool
  • seating for 450 spectators
  • 11,000-square-foot fitness center
  • 5,000-square-foot court facility
  • six squash courts

2003 Architectural Showcase Facility of Merit
Athletic Business Magazine

The Albert and Barrie Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center has had a major impact on the quality of MIT campus life since its opening in 2002. The state-of-the-art complex includes an Olympic-class 50-meter pool, seating for 450 spectators, a training pool, an 11,000-square-foot fitness center, and six squash courts built to international competition standards. A 5,000-square-foot multi-activity court offers volleyball, aerobics and recreational basketball. The complex also includes a 3,700-square-foot sports medicine area, administrative offices and locker rooms.

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo and Associates designed the Zesiger Center to link a number of existing athletics facilities. By visually connecting the south facades of the Howard W. Johnson Athletics Center and the Stratton Student Center, it completes the north wall of a quadrangle originally envisioned by noted architect Eero Saarinen in his plan for the development of the MIT campus west of Massachusetts Avenue.

Project Team

Project Managers/MIT John Hawes, Milan Pavlinic
design architect Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo & Associates
executive architect Sasaki Associates, Inc.
mep engineers Cosentini Associates
structural engineers LeMessurier Consultants
construction manager Turner Construction Co.


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