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In Good Health - By Michele Keith

Creating more space
is one of the first things
to do to ready
spas post-COVID

Dwayne MacEwen,
DMAC

The palette and materials LEMAYMICHAUD selected for the Strøm Spa
were inspired by the St. Lawrence river, which flows beside it.
(Image: Adrien Williams)

More Space
The removal of shower rooms, particularly in the smaller fitness
centers, began pre-COVID, says Shove-Brown. Eliminating
these areas-and with them possible virus-carrying faucets,
shower curtains, and towels-allows for larger gyms and locker
rooms, which proves to be a wiser use of space these days.
Mierski agrees, saying that creating more space is one of the
first things to do to ready spas post-COVID. "Turning one locker
room big enough for 100 into two with a 50-person capacity,
perhaps even putting certain services in a separate pavilion,
may be the answer," he advises.
At a gym designed by //3877, smooth surfaces offer
easy cleanability while a sleek, dark hue combines
with neon to lend a sense of intensity to the setting.
(Image: Clarence Butts)

Color Treatments
White may have been the color of choice for fitness centers
the past many decades, but today, black is moving in. Chicly
cool and collected, black tones may be employed with an
Asian note, as in DMAC's Midtown Athletic Club, or rock 'n' roll
prompted with throbbing neon accents as at //3877's
Pulse Fitness. It's up to the designer.
McGwire's overall view: "Spas will continue to embrace a
palette of various hues of white, light greys, and soft beiges
with pastel accents to inspire serenity and relaxation. And
fitness centers will be using brighter colors, purple, orange,
and green, to create energy and excitement."

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COVID-19 Must-Haves
All the designers believe in such necessities as social distancing, no-touch
waste disposal, wellness barriers, and machines dispensing everything from
hand sanitizer to face masks. The difference is how they integrate them into
their designs and make them inviting rather than "in-your-face," as one put it.
The same holds true for signage, which McGwire suggests being coordinated
with the color palette of the specific area. "This way," she says, "they look
more upscale yet still do their job." And combined with the clear barriers
she uses, made of a commercial polyester material, the overall effect is easy
on the eyes.
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