Illinois State University, Student Fitness Center and McCormick Hall

Normal, Illinois

  • FIRM



    Illinois State University

  • AREA

    187,295 sq.ft.





The building's design blends program spaces intentionally to better serve its users. Because it provides a new home for both the School of Kinesiology and Recreation (part of the College of Applied Science & Technology), and Recreation Services (a department of Student Affairs), the design team had the opportunity to incorporate many ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMRDG Planning and DesignCOST PER SQ FT$227.00CITATIONSpecialized Facility CitationFEATURED IN2012 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized improvements, departmental efficiencies and beneficial spatial relationships. In addition, offices to support the programs of wellness, nutrition and nursing are near the main entrance, enabling easy student access.

Visual transparency and access is a hallmark of the design. Throughout three stories of recreation and academic space, the interior architecture enhances the ability for users to experience program areas visually. In the main west lobby, users are greeted by the customer service desk. They have dramatic views into multiple activities, including the pool, climbing wall, juice bar, classrooms, gymnasium, fitness rooms, aerobics rooms and jogging track above.

The dynamic form and composition of the building’s exterior is an important element of the project. This design yields many components to the Collegiate Georgian character of the campus, yet interprets that character into newly formed compositions. At the northwest corner, the building opens up to enable views into the natatorium. This aids in providing ample natural light into the pool area during the day and provides a visual marker at night, emitting a warm glow from the inside.

The fitness center serves multiple users, creating a unique facility for Illinois State University in the campus’ North District, connecting the campus Quad to Main Street. This facility rejuvenates existing McCormick Hall—reflecting its tenure as an active learning environment. The student-centered fitness center is poised to become the new hub of campus activity.

"The building’s transparency allows for safety and security of students: a place to ‘see and be seen.’ Good spatial quality anduse of natural light."--2012 jury