Naval Station Newport John H. Chafee Fitness Center
The Chaffe Fitness Center is designed and engineered to meet the needs of military personnel, students, and their families. The waterfront site presented various challenges to redevelopment as an athletic facility, including its Superfund site location. The site, a FEMA Zone A with wave action, necessitated elevating the building by 5 feet on 370 mini-piles. The gymnasium, natatorium, and fitness areas, including racquetball courts and fitness rooms, are enhanced by a 1.5-mile indoor elevated running track offering water views. SMRT designed the high-performance building to Anti-Terrorism Force Protection (ATFP) standards. The Fitness Center earned LEED Gold certification.