University of New Orleans, Recreation & Fitness Center

New Orleans, Louisiana

  • FIRM

    Sizeler Architects

  • CLIENT

    University of New Orleans, LSU System

  • AREA

    84,363 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $12,128,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    3/2002

Designers of this recreation center successfully blended activity centers and social hubs into a design that enhances campus life:

-Social interaction. A new outdoor plaza, created between the existing university center and the new recreation center, became a major hub for student activity. The recreation center’s central lobby is the building’s focal point. Here, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$144.00FEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio activity components are connected visually. Monumental steps connect the lobby with the cardio area and jogging track, and serve as an informal meeting place. The snack bar in the lobby also connects to the outdoor plaza.

-Fitness and durability. The center’s design includes a 15,000-square-foot cardiovascular fitness/weight-training area, a three-court gymnasium with a suspended jogging track, racquetball courts and a natatorium. Interior materials are durable and maintenance-friendly.

-Movement and energy. The building’s architecture is visually stimulating. Articulation between the exterior’s solid massing and fenestration, reflecting interior activities, creates a dynamic facade. Horizontal, linear fascias and overhangs express movement. Transparency throughout provides interior/exterior vantage points of multiple activities. Floor patterns lead visitors to these activities.