University of Missouri—Columbia, Student Recreation Complex

Columbia, Missouri

The new Student Recreation Complex on the Missouri flagship campus is a 290,000-square-foot facility that blends new construction with renovations to the existing recreation center, plus two historic but tired build­ings. Integrating four buildings from different eras into one student recreation complex was a challenge: the rubbled limestone facade of the historic ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$137.16FEATURED IN2006 Educational Interiors2007 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYPhysical-Education Facilities/Recreation CentersSUB CATEGORYRenovation had to be merged with the new construction’s exterior of primarily light-colored brick and cast-stone panels.

The University of Missouri-Columbia’s recreation complex consists of a 20,000-square-foot fitness center, 42-foot climbing wall, “The Lair” spinning room, and a variety of strength training and cardio equipment. The aquatic center features an indoor competitive 50-meter pool, diving well and seating for 1,000 spectators, as well as The Tiger Grotto, a custom-designed indoor leisure pool.

Upgrades included the gymnasium, suspended track, locker rooms and meeting rooms.