The Ohio State University, Recreation and Physical Activity Center

Columbus, Ohio

  • FIRM

    Moody•Nolan, Inc.


    The Ohio State University

  • AREA

    569,456 sq.ft.





The collaborative partnerships formed by users of this facility have proved mutually beneficial. Athletics largely funded a 50-meter competition pool and diving pool that is shared by the recreation center and the academic unit. Activity spaces throughout the facility are used for recreation and education. Combining the programs enabled the design to include major ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMAntoine Predock Architect, Design ArchitectCOST PER SQ FT$207.00FEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYPhysical-Education Facilities/Recreation Centers spaces that provide gathering places for all students.

A particular challenge was fitting this nearly four-block-long facility into the central campus location. This was done by breaking the building into four smaller elements, all interconnected below ground or by bridge. The education unit, with its need for unrestricted access, is connected to the remainder of the building by a bridge with its distinctive red glass wall and its own control point into the recreation center.

In addition to all the amenities that this building features, including state-of-the-art technology, it is relatively maintenance-free. The exterior is concrete, stainless steel and glass. On the inside, the public spaces are finished with durable materials: terrazzo floors; walls that are integral colored concrete block full-height; exposed acoustical deck for the ceilings; and concrete-encased columns.