Tarleton State University (Texas A&M University System), Recreational Sports Facility

Stephenville, Texas

Sports activities and class instruction at Tarleton State University (Texas A&M University System) had been held in multiple facilities across campus instead of adjacent to one another in a single building. The site for the new Recreational Sports Facility, although situated among intramural fields, the running track and campus housing, offered an architectural context ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMHastings & Chivetta ArchitectsCAPACITY6,393COST PER SQ FT$169.00FEATURED IN2008 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized of several unharmonious buildings and functions.

The existing materials palette of reddish/orange brick, cast stone, bronze anodized aluminum and green sloped roofing were interwoven skillfully with an updated palette of champagne solar screens, burnished CMU and acrylic plaster. The result is an excellent example of architectural nourishment on a campus in search of a leading-edge identity that will attract students for generations to come.

Upon entry into the two-story building lobby, one is visually immersed into activities in the three-court gym, strength-training area, racquetball courts, rock-climbing wall, cardio theater and elevated running track. Recreational Sports now is able to offer several state-of-the-art indoor recreational venues to its students, as well as support outdoor adventure activities.