After years of student frustration with the quality and availability of open recreational space, Indiana State University (ISU) asked the architect to identify the requirements for a new recreation center, as well as program, master plan and design the facility. The firm then assisted ISU in passing a referendum that increased student fees specifically COST PER SQ FT$185.42FEATURED IN2010 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSports Stadiums/Athletic Facilities construct and maintain the new center.
The architecture supports both the aesthetics and functional requirements of the facility. The first floor includes sports, aquatics and all support spaces; the second floor is exclusively fitness-related. Two major entrances serve the facility: one toward campus housing and the student union, and the other facing commuting student parking. From both entrances, all key spaces can be seen from a "free zone," creating an immediate visual connection that promotes wellness and fitness. The exterior respects the existing campus context in regard to material and scale, and the site was chosen to respond to and reinforce established circulation patterns.
Recreation components include a three-court gymnasium with elevated track; multi-activity court with team boxes and spectator seating; fitness center with weight training and cardio equipment; climbing wall and spinning studio. An aquatics center has a lap pool, leisure pool, whirlpool, sauna, steamroom and wet classroom, and access to a sundeck. Off the spacious lobby is a student lounge with games and a snack bar. Support spaces include locker rooms, a training room, wellness-assessment suite, meeting rooms, laundry, offices and storage.