West Virginia University, Student Recreation Center

Morgantown, West Virginia

  • FIRM

    Moody Nolan, Inc.


    West Virginia University

  • AREA

    170,000 sq.ft.





This facility combines light, volume, views and materials to energize a college community.

Striking a balance between aesthetic and function, this project was programmed carefully to meet the needs of 22,500 users in a campus gateway structure. Integrated onto a tight sloping site overlooking a nature area, the center is sculpted on multiple levels into ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMBrailsford & Dunlavey, PlanningCOST PER SQ FT$176.00FEATURED IN2002 Educational Interiors2002 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYPhysical-Education Facilities/Recreation Centers hillside.

Always visible at the heart of the facility is a 50-foot-high rock-climbing wall that floods the deepest volume of the building with natural light from clerestory windows at the top. Surrounded by fitness equipment at the base, the wall rises between intimate overlooks and balconies that include lounges, monumental stairs, circulation bridges and a juice bar/lounge area. A mezzanine jogging track at the highest level provides a visual background of movement and activity.

Activities and spaces are organized to encourage users to try new activities. Exterior views throughout interweave fitness activity areas, track and dual leisure pools, providing vistas to the surrounding hills and nature areas.

Materials and mechanical systems were selected to provide ease of maintenance and energy efficiency, particularly through the use of natural lighting.