Tufts University

We are very glad we chose Stanmar, Inc. to design and construct our Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center. It’s a more efficient design, we have far superior program spaces, and we’ve realized significant cost savings.

Mr. Bill Gehling, Athletic Director, Tufts University


For 10 years, Tufts University wrestled with design concepts from several different architects to renovate an existing aged athletic building. Each time, the project stalled due to spiraling costs, unworkable design concepts, and shrinking program spaces. Our design team was invited to offer our ideas and suggestions for the project and after listening to the University’s needs, developed a new approach with a completely different floor plan and entry concept. Working in partnership with DiMella Shaffer Architects, the resulting design became a signature facility for Tufts, meeting the University’s programmatic needs, unifying its existing historic buildings, and keeping within its budget. Recently opened in 2012, the new facility creates a strong visual connection to Tufts Athletics, and enhances campus life for all members of the University’s community.


  • Three Level Open Atrium with Control Desk, Trophy Case, and Skylights
  • 7,000 Square Foot Multi-Windowed Fitness Room
  • Aerobics Studio
  • Spacious Sports Medicine Room with Dual Warm and Cold 1025 Gallon Capacity Whirlpools
  • 80 Seat Sub-Dividable Film Room/Classroom
  • Varsity Team, Visitor, and Coach Locker Rooms with Custom Wooden Lockers
  • Athletic Staff Offices and Conference Rooms
  • Biometric Fingerprint Locks


  • Site Location Chosen to Preserve Prime Natural Landscaping
  • In-Ground Infiltration of Storm Waters Used to Re-Charge Aquifers
  • Thermal Ratings That Exceed New Energy Code Requirements by 50%
  • Water Conserving Aerators Used In All Showers and Lavatories
  • High Efficiency Heating and Cooling Equipment Used to Reduce Energy
  • Use of Energy Recovery Mechanical Ventilations Systems
  • Designed to Take Advantage Of Natural Daylight To Reduce Use Of Artificial Lighting
  • High Performance Glazing and Solar Shading Devices on Windows
  • Maintenance Saving LED Lighting Throughout The Building
  • Low VOC Finishes Used In Construction
  • Use Of Construction Materials With Significant Recycled Content
  • Hydration Stations With Easy Bottle Filling To Help Minimize Use of Disposable Plastic Bottles