Brewster Academy – Smith Center for Athletics and Wellness
Brewster Academy is a small private school located in Wolfeboro, NH. The spectacular campus overlooks Lake Winnipesaukee. Banwell Architects designed an award-winning boathouse in 1988 and was invited back to help with this Athletic & Wellness Center.
The Center included a 200m tuned running track, a 114’ square hardwood basketball area (2 courts) with a “magic carpet” system of retractable Astro-Turf which allows conversion to indoor field sports, 3,700 sf fitness center, locker rooms, equipment rooms, and a reception room. Key issues in the planning and design of this facility included integrating a very large building into a sensitive campus and residential neighborhood, preserving views of the lake, enhancing campus circulation patterns, providing state-of-the-art courts and athletic surfaces to limit sports-related injuries, and maximizing flexibility of spaces.