The Front Climbing Club
Specs: 45,000-square-foot facility (27,000 of which are to be climbable surface) will feature rope climbing (up to 60 feet high), an IFSC-regulation speed climbing wall, and bouldering. Additional amenities will include spaces for yoga, group fitness, and jiu-jitsu, Kilter and Tension boards, a MoonBoard, co-working spaces, and a retail space. A solar panel system will also be installed, along with 12 designated electric car/vehicle charging stations. An adjacent restaurant, café, and rooftop bar are also planned.
Located on South Main, the new gym is being constructed from the ground-up, designed by architect Hannah Vaughn’s VY Architecture, as well as in-house designers from Vertical Solutions. The building is a 10-minute walk from a North-South public transportation station, and nearby a high-density housing. A recent USA Climbing press release noted that the Millcreek gym will host the 2020 Sport and Speed Open National Championships on March 13-14, 2020.
Walls: Vertical Solutions
Flooring: Habit Climbing
CRM Software: Rock Gym Pro
In Their Words: “The Front Climbing Club has a rich heritage that I am proud to shoulder, and every project pays respect to its Utah lineage. My team and I take care to thoughtfully design space that inspires and invigorates its visitors and connects them to the deep roots and kinship of climbing culture in one of the nation’s premier rock-climbing destinations. The Front is so much more than a gym ‘built by climbers, for climbers.’ Our operations are meticulously refined, our staff are professional and our amenities cater to and welcome anyone from the avid rock climber and general outdoors-lover to the urban athlete and yogi.”
—Dustin Buckthal, owner and CEO, The Front Climbing Club
“This project takes a new approach to the urban lifestyle climbing gym. The climbing walls are highlighted as freestanding sculptural objects within a rigorously structured bright white shell. The transparent ground level engages the active urban environment, creating a dialogue between the pedestrian environment and indoor climbing.”
—Hannah Vaughn, founder and principal architect at VY Architecture
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