California Baptist University, Recreation Center

Riverside, California

  • FIRM

    KTGY Group, Inc.


    California Baptist University

  • AREA

    40,682 sq.ft.



Situated on the site of a former shopping center, this 40,682-square-foot recreation center is a two-story state-of-the-art facility that features a 23-foot-tall rock-climbing wall (75 lineal feet with belayed and bouldering areas), plus changeable court space that allows for two intramural basketball courts, a collegiate basketball court or three volleyball courts. The ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMSteven Walker Communities, BuilderFEATURED IN2013 Architectural Portfolio also includes social lounge areas, three racquetball courts, a weightroom, fitness rooms, dedicated cycling room, men's and women's locker rooms with towel service and a cheerleading practice space.

The innovative, sustainable design includes a lighted rooftop soccer field and running track covered with synthetic turf. The green roof helps cool the building and reduces the building’s carbon footprint. A building automation system maximizes the efficiency of the building’s mechanical systems. This investment promotes a wonderful gathering place that encourages a healthful, more vibrant community, and serves as a very desirable amenity to attract and retain students and faculty.

The first rooftop Zumba class attracted 235 participants. The rooftop also is used for concerts and movie nights.

The Recreation Center’s architecture follows the time-honored tradition of the university’s stunning Mission Revival-style architecture.