The architect worked with Old Dominion University to create a new recreation facility that would serve as an anchor and gateway building for the west end of campus. The goal was to create a state-of-the-art facility to satisfy the needs of the exercise sciences and sports, and consolidate the majority of recreational programs into ASSOCIATED FIRMHastings & ChivettaCOST PER SQ FT$143.64FEATURED IN2010 Architectural Portfolio location.
The arched, transparent east facade serves as a visual terminus to and completes the housing quadrangle, enticing students to enter the new building.
A variety of recreational activities occurring inside are visible from the lobby and Main Street, which runs east-west along the entire length of the building. Along with the renovated natatorium and locker rooms, the facility contains a two-story climbing wall, a weight-training fitness space with upper-level cardio balcony, a juice bar with lounge, a three-court open gymnasium with an elevated track, aerobics/dance studios, a spinning studio, racquetball courts, and a smaller multipurpose athletic court for floor hockey and indoor soccer.
The center also includes a pro shop, classrooms, office spaces and laboratories for wellness and therapy research, as well as motor development, human performance, athletic training and kinesiology.