The Fairchild Fitness Center (built in 2012) includes an indoor pool, gymnasium, locker rooms, fitness equipment, racquetball courts, and an elevated running track. The building houses a Health and Wellness Center in addition to support facilities for the Water Survival Training Center.
The previous fitness center was originally constructed as a wood warehouse in 1943 without heat or air conditioning, making it very costly to maintain. The team of Counsilman-Hunsaker and ALSC Architects was retained to design the new 58,000 sq. ft. aquatic center which features a six lane 25-meter pool along with a 250 sq. ft. wading pool. The center accommodates various needs of the soldiers including physical conditioning, training, and aquatic recreation. The S.E.R.E. (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape) training program also operates at the base and will continue to use the center for courses and workouts.
In the summer of 2020, Counsilman-Hunsaker worked with a team of consultants, led by WJA Design Collaborative, to develop a planning charrette report (PCR) for a new Water Survival Training Facility to be located on Fairchild Air Force Base. The purpose of the new facility is to provide a dedicated, purpose-built facility for water survival training at Fairchild Air Force Base that has adequate space and technical capabilities to fulfill all training requirements and provide instruction for the anticipated number of students. The new facility will also address a myriad of deficiencies found in the existing training facility.
The design team worked closely with the 92nd Civil Engineering Squadron, as well as the future building users, to develop a detailed list of specific program requirements for the S.E.R.E. training program. The design team participated in a three-day design charrette, hosted on base, which included observations of S.E.R.E. training in the existing water survival training facility. Using information from charrette coordination meetings and questionnaires, the design team developed conceptual site and floor plan alternatives as well as massing studies to explore options for siting, massing, spatial organization, and building materials. After reaching a consensus on the overall project direction among project stakeholders, the design team was able to finalize the PCR.
The PCR will assist future designers in understanding the project's functional and aesthetic requirements. It contains a comprehensive description of Fairchild Air Force Base's vision for this facility and it identifies the known project opportunities and constraints.