Client US Department of the Air Force

Order, Rhythm at Minot Air Force Base McAdoo Fitness Center

Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota

Built in 1952, the original fitness building at Minot Air Force Base had been expanded over a 30-year period with six separate additions. Following a careful field investigation and cost/benefit analysis of several concept design options, LEO A DALY recommended demolishing two of the original seven portions of the building and renovating the remaining five. The recommendation was accepted and this solution enabled the design team to achieve a much more cohesive and functionally efficient whole.

The addition and alteration uses an organizational spine that provides a rational circulation system to dramatically improve the functionality of the existing spaces, while giving order, rhythm and architectural character to the facility. The main spine provides direct access to the new spaces: reception desk, administration, gymnasium, group exercise, locker rooms, juice bar and seating area, cardio rooms and running track. 

The McAdoo Fitness Center includes a 43,000-SF addition for group exercise, gymnasium, second level running track, locker rooms and a new lobby/entry. It organizes 41,000 SF of alteration area for fitness workouts, racquetball courts, multiple basketball gymnasiums, health and wellness center and a lap pool.

Group exercise space, elevated running track and gymnasium space are adjacent to each other to support full squadron circuit training activities. The two side corridors provide access to the Health and Wellness Center, free weights, cardio, building services/receiving, racquetball courts and children's play area. 

Clerestory windows allow natural light deep into the facility and accent color on walls, carpet and tile patterns and signage serve to visually activate the space. 

The site was also modified to add parking and meet AT/FP requirements, and all building mechanical, electrical and fire protection systems were replaced.

At a glance

43,000-SF Addition

41,000-SF Alteration


Concept Design Honor Award

Facility Design Honor Award


Site Investigation
Design Charrette
Concept Design through Final Design
Site/Utility Design
Structural Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Force Protection
Fire Protection
Cost Estimating
Submittal Review