The renovated and expanded Kline Center is a building of opposites.
The center’s addition is designed in many ways to be the antithesis of the original 1980’s building. The original building was constructed using wooden glue-lam beams—the new building is made of exposed steel. The old building lacks connection to light—the new building is flooded with natural daylight. The old building’s structure forms a mountain-like profile on the campus skyline—the new building creates a quieter presence while referencing the existing building’s hyperbolic paraboloid roof shells in the steel that supports the façade’s aluminum sunshade. As Bill Durden, President Emeritus of Dickinson College, once said: “This project is about the renewal, rebirth and reimagining of the Kline Center, let’s call it the ‘Re-Kline.’”
The overarching goal for the Kline Center expansion was to provide additional space and resources for Dickinson's varsity athletes and students, as well as to create a destination space to enhance campus life. The addition consists of a number of distinct constituent parts: a large outdoor covered piazza, a triangulated lobby and connecting sky-lit concourse, a wood-clad office and café volume, a glass-enclosed fitness center, a five court squash center and a south facing covered porch. It is the first phase of a multi-phased renovation of the overall athletic center. A series of garden courts housing athletic activities—such as tai chi, yoga and basketball—occupy the areas of future expansion.
The addition’s pallet of materials reflect the grey coloration of existing campus stone; its enclosure and integrated sunshade system are detailed in anodized aluminum. Located at the western terminus of the main pedestrian pathway through campus, an expansive entry porch announces athletics to the town and campus. At night, the building becomes a luminous beacon, opening previously tucked away spaces to students and faculty.