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New York University, Abu Dhabi

Keeping students on track with a stunning sports centre

New York University in Abu Dhabi is a new arts and science college, fully integrated into a major research university. Designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, the campus accommodates 2,600 students with expansive academic space and accommodation – plus impressive indoor and outdoor sports facilities.

The project was procured on a design and build basis. We provided building services, infrastructure design and site supervision for the project.

An integral part of the university is an indoor, 21,500 square metre sports and recreation centre, including an Olympic-size swimming pool, gym and 200m running track. Outside, students benefit from floodlit football fields, tennis and volleyball courts and a 400m synthetic running track with grandstand for 3,000 spectators.

The air-conditioning design of the indoor gymnasium posed a particular challenge due to the facility’s range of uses and removable seating, as well as the need to comply with international badminton’s rules on air velocity. Our solution was to use high induction radial outlet diffusers with a vertical central core to make sure that airflow penetrates to ground level.

Client Tamkeen Abu Dhabi LLC
Architect Rafael Viñoly Architects
Location Abu Dhabi, UAE
Our services Building services, infrastructure design, site supervision
Project status Completed in 2014