Racquetball Conversion Overview
For many facilities, the biggest challenge in building a climbing wall can be finding the space to use for construction of the wall, while also being able to incorporate a unique and functional design. Universities, colleges, high schools, and fitness centers often find the simplest and most cost-effective option for use of space is to convert an existing racquetball court into a state-of-the-art Rockwerx climbing wall. In a very short time frame, you can take an 800 square foot footprint that has two primary users, the racquetball players, and substantially change the offering to allow for 8, 10, or even 20 participants at one time. Not only will a climbing wall allow for and encourage greater participation, it can offer innumerable options for programming and instruction, to generate additional participation and income.
Utilizing Existing Spaces
Standard racquetball courts are 40 long wide by 20 feet high and 20 feet wide, which allows ample space to build a climbing structure with various angle changes and terrain options. The greatest benefit of using an existing space for construction of a new wall is typically the cost savings in not having to build additional square footage onto an existing building to provide room for your wall, or have to create any extensive changes to the interior of your existing facility. Even if you would like to convert two or three courts into one new climbing wall, the demolition and reconstruction of the structural walls is most often minimal compared to other options.
Flexibility in Design
Though the court sizes are typically standard, Rockwerx’s product is anything but. Our Design and Engineering phase allows us to be as creative as possible with the layout and ultimate construction of your wall. You may want to maximize climbing square footage by building to full height on all surrounding walls, and establish multiple top-rope or auto-belay stations. Or perhaps you will choose to build a kids traverse wall on one side with an overhanging intermediate wall on another. An exciting design that would provide numerous climbing options for beginners as well as the most advanced users might incorporate a bouldering area, vertical top-rope stations, and steeper, more rigorous climbing terrain as well.
Please contact us to discuss how to convert a racquetball or squash court into a new climbing wall. We’d love to hear your ideas!