Health and Wellness Center | Suffolk County Community College | Riverhead, New York

45,000 SF | natatorium | gymnasium | fitness area | rock climbing | yoga | nursing classrooms
Inspired by its location in the eastern end of the Long Island Pine Barrens, the Health and Wellness Center at Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead, New York is a metaphor for pine trees on the southern edge of campus. The custom-fabricated precast concrete panels and glass façade are modeled after abstracted representations of pine bark to highlight the importance of the surrounding natural environment in establishing a unique architectural character for Suffolk County Community College. Irregular panel widths with idiosyncratic reveals and appurtenances formed out of concrete create a textured surface that is inspired by the textured bark of pine forests that surround the site. This biophilic association to the natural landscape is appropriately assigned to a building whose purpose is health and well-being through exercise, healthy living and relaxation.