Recreation Hall is a historic gymnasium building on the west side of the campus of The Pennsylvania State University. Until the 1990s, Rec Hall and its series of additions served as home to many of Penn State’s major indoor varsity sports programs, including basketball and wrestling. The university wanted to renovate the wrestling and associated support spaces in Rec COST PER SQ FT$298.96FEATURED IN2007 Architectural Portfolio to improve the functionality, quality and character of the facilities. The wrestling program has a history and tradition that is equal to the best programs in intercollegiate sports. The renovation was intended to elevate the function and character of the facilities to more effectively recruit athletes, generate greater financial support, and raise the overall profile of the program.
The new fitness facility has a “club” atmosphere in a campus setting. The character of the space enhances the training experience and serves as a recruiting tool for the university in attracting top-level students. The university wanted to create a building that makes a high-profile, highly transparent visual impact when viewed from Atherton Street. It also was key to improve the sense of entry to Rec Hall from both the campus side of the building and the Atherton/west campus side.