This 205,000-SF facility includes a state-of-the-art 200-meter hydraulic track, timed obstacle and high ropes courses, a 34-foot climbing wall, and an underground parking deck with 126 spaces. The site conditions involved critical stormwater planning to minimize the environmental impact. Phase I services from Draper Aden included floodplain modeling of existing and proposed conditions and design of grading, stormwater management, vehicular and pedestrian circulation and access, and utility connections, including coordination with electric, gas, and communication providers.
The building site also included a small stream, Town Branch, which carries stormwater away from the city of Lexington and into the Maury River. The new facility included the installation of several detention structures to reduce runoff from the project and will slowly release its waters into Town Branch.
Phase II involved the renovation of Cocke Hall and Cormack Hall. Cocke Hall has been equipped with a brand-new weight room and strength training facilities, along with new locker rooms. Cormack Hall was first an equestrian training facility, and was renovated to include classrooms, weight training rooms, mat sports venues with seating, and facilities for VMI’s new exercise science minor. The newly renovated Cormack Hall is home to VMI’s NCAA wrestling program.