ARC-tec is a research and design workshop whose primary objective is to utilize education and technology to further an understanding of the materials, processes and techniques employed by architects, artists and designers. We are analog and digital craftsman which necessitates studying how physical, cultural and social environments influence the evolving practice of architecture and the continual examination of methods used to construct the spaces we inhabit. Discovery, Education, Creation.

Brooks Family YMCA

Personal experience of Robert Blatter, AIA, while employed at Gresham Smith + Partners

The Brooks Rehabilitation and Fitness Center is a 60,000 square foot facility located on 8.5 acres in the Southpoint Business Park area of Jacksonville bordering J. Turner Butler Boulevard.

The project program includes three separate fitness areas, a full service spa, an indoor basketball court, rehabilitation pools and an indoor Olympic swimming pool. The primary construction materials are a combination of concrete tilt-panels and concrete masonry with built up and metal standing seam roofing.

The facility was recently donated to YMCA of Florida’s First Coast. The primary elements of the facility remain intact except for the spa being changed to childcare.

Project team included Jason Faulkner, AIA, Karie Kovacocy, Jim Frey and Leigh Gunn