Students at the University of Wisconsin—La Crosse conceived and funded the building program that resulted in the Recreational Eagles Center. The 100,000-square-foot building is designed to accommodate students’ intramural and recreational sports needs, and to serve as a meeting place and lounge. A daycare facility was included in the program because a high percentage of CAPACITY2,800COST PER SQ FT$87.52FEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio student population is married and has children.
The center’s major corridor links a new parking lot to the rest of the campus. A central control desk, from which all programmed areas radiate, is located in this corridor. Areas east of the control desk are open to the public, and areas to the west require a student-ID card for admittance.
Spaciousness and visibility were key requirements to the design of the facility. Large windows provide views of bluffs east of the center from the inside, and views of interior activities from the outside. This results in an open, relaxed atmosphere that encourages student and community interaction and participation.
Photographer: ©Eric Oxendorf