The Student Health and Activities Center (SHAC) is a combination student union and recreation center. It offers five distinct functions: a performance center/gymnasium; a student/varsity practice gymnasium; a fitness center; a food court; and student amenities/office area.
The SHAC was designed to showcase its role as a student social center. The facility’s openness COST PER SQ FT$90.00FEATURED IN2002 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYPhysical-Education Facilities/Recreation Centers users to see into the various activity areas, and this, together with vibrant colors, conveys the excitement and fun of the facility. Exposed ductwork, unique ceiling grids and materials typically found on the exterior of a building—fencing, corrugated metal, glass-block walls—create a visually stimulating environment on the building’s interior.
The performance center/gymnasium includes a stage, support areas, bleachers and portable seating for up to 3,000. It can be opened for additional seating via a movable wall into the student gymnasium. The student gymnasium houses a running track and multipurpose courts for basketball, volleyball and tennis.
Cardiovascular equipment, free weights and aerobics are included in the fitness center, and the food court includes “brand-type” food concessions with a seating area and pro shop.