North Georgia College & State University’s recreation center and parking deck, a 58,000-square-foot recreation center over a 600-car parking deck, was not just a new building added to a campus, but an integrated planning process that resulted in an urban intervention, integrating the surrounding town and campus.
The CAPACITY3,500COST PER SQ FT$215.00FEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio is nestled into the hillside on the edge of the campus adjacent to an old town square. The goal of the project was to establish a new hub for student activity that would connect seamlessly to the existing campus core while acting as a mediator to the community. Student interaction and community unity were important guiding design principles. Program elements include three regulation-size basket-ball courts, fitness and free-weight areas, a 35-foot climbing wall, 1/10-mile running track, aerobic spaces, offices and locker rooms.
The recreation center now plays an important role in developing the university’s sense of place, and now is the focal point of the campus.