The new $10 million Student Recreation Center occupies a key south-facing transitional site on the east edge of the Colorado State University—Pueblo main campus, situated between the administration building and the student union; and overlooking the new football stadium to the east.
The 39,850-square-foot, two-story ASSOCIATED FIRMHGF Architecs, Inc.COST PER SQ FT$236.39FEATURED IN2010 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSports Stadiums/Athletic Facilities adjoins the existing Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) spectator complex to the north, enabling shared use of the natatorium, racquetball courts, training/rehab and a new climbing wall. The triple-height volume of the atrium enables one to feel the energy, activity and community at a glance, from one central space connecting all programs offered.
Daylight filters through clerestories into the main gymnasium, an elevated running track that circulates through the atrium fitness/cardio, weight training, aerobics, multipurpose rooms and connecting free zones. In addition to intramural programs, club sports and physical conditioning, this center provides a health, wellness and nutrition suite, lounge/cafe with exterior terrace, an Experimental Learning Center and equipment rental checkout facilities.
The design of the campus recreation center capitalizes on its prominent hillside site position as a crossroads from the recreation and student-life experience to the academic core to the west.