Charles R. Drew Wellness Center

City of Columbia

Completion Date

Project Budget
$7.2 Million

This new wellness and recreation facility for the City of Columbia, with its iconic presence on the north Harden Street thoroughfare, is expressive of the City’s commitment to the revitalization of Drew Park and the adjacent Celia Saxon neighborhood, an ambitious community plan implemented by the Columbia Housing Authority. The architectural solution features “outward reaching” roof forms denoting each major program element and rendered in glass, steel, and red brick. The short-course, Olympic sized pool is located behind glass walls facing Harden Street, allowing the activity within to be clearly observed along this busy street. Other wellness program elements in the 40,000 square foot facility include a basketball/volleyball gymnasium, cardio and weight rooms, and interior jogging track.

Project Awards

  • 2008 Honor Award
  • 2008 Design with Brick - Honor Award
    Brick Association of the Carolinas

Represents experience of Doug Quackenbush as Principal-in-Charge and Barb Haller as Project Architect while at The Boudreaux Group. All Images ©Rion Rizzo - Creative Sources Photography