University of North Dakota, Student Wellness Center

Grand Forks, North Dakota

The overall goal of the project was to expand opportunities for leisure, fitness and socialization that benefit the University of North Dakota community. The architect used interactive workshops to ensure communication was established and maintained throughout the project.

Expansive windows and a skylight flood the center with natural light, especially in ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$171.90FEATURED IN2007 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized atrium. Recreational components include a three-court gymnasium, multi-activity court and a suspended, three-lane track that winds through the facility. The 10,000-square-foot fitness floor has more than 100 weight machines. The 5,000-square-foot cardio deck, which overlooks the fitness floor and basketball courts, features almost 100 pieces of equipment. The spin studio has 20 participant bikes in stadium seating, and the rock wall is 28 feet tall by 30 feet wide.

The wellness suite has assessment rooms, massage therapy and reflexology therapy. A library/me­dia area has computers and resource materials. Other spaces include a juice bar, retail store, offices and conference rooms highlighted with the quiet lounge. The facility meets the environmental-wellness component by adhering to LEED sustainable-design principles, and the vocational component by offering students a variety of opportunities for self-