Ferris State University, Student Recreation Center

Big Rapids, Michigan

  • FIRM

    TMP Architecture, Inc.


    Ferris State University

  • AREA

    112,800 sq.ft.





The old Health, Physical Education and Recreation building at Ferris State University was a building past its prime and no longer providing the services demanded by students and staff. The situation did not allow for a single point of control. Multiple entry points also made it difficult to understand where to officially enter the complex.

Improvements include a new ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMBill Robertson Pool Design; Granger Construction; Canning & GonsoulinCOST PER SQ FT$63.00FEATURED IN2000 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation with a friendly control point and barrier-free access to all levels in the facility; five levels were tied together with a ramp and an elevator. The resulting arrangement offers efficient use of space with easy control. The offices are outside the security point so visitors and staff can easily meet with administrators without breaching security.

The renovated portions provide a four-court gymnasium, a 6,000-square-foot weight fitness area, a four-lane running/jogging track, two aerobics rooms, a freeweight area, locker room, two multipurpose rooms and a 25-yard, six-lane pool.

Natural light and bold colors are used throughout to create a warm, friendly and fun atmosphere.

Photographer: ©Laszlo Regos Photography