State University of New York (SUNY) Cortland, Student Life Center

Cortland, New York

The two-story Student Life Center is divided into three primary sections — recreation, dining and outdoor adventures. A common lobby and entrances on either side connect the three functions.

The signature feature of the building is a three-lane, 1/5-mile suspended jogging track, which includes a 20-inch grade change to mimic hills. The ADA-accessible track ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMNELSON Architects (formerly H2L2)COST PER SQ FT$297.00CITATIONCollegiate CitationFEATURED IN2016 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYPhysical-Education Facilities/Recreation Centers the perimeter of the facility. It provides exterior views in all four directions and interior views into every major space of the building, including a glass tunnel through the pool area. The track is designed for a dynamic indoor running experience in a climate that is not conducive to outside running for significant parts of the year.

The facility has many themed, specialty fitness areas. A spinning room is equipped with an interactive lighting system, sound system and a 124-inch diagonal flat screen. A mind/body room has track lighting and more than 900 LED lights to mimic stars on the ceiling.

A combatives room is equipped with heavy bags, a speed bag, TRX mounts and floor pads for martial arts programming. A two-story climbing wall is situated at the termination of the main concourse.

The facility is designed to consume less energy through several features: roof-top solar panels, a green roof, oversized fans, and more. The project is seeking LEED Gold certification.

Since the facility opened in 2015, daily participation in open recreation has increased 100 percent, mind/body programming has increased 30 percent, and group exercise programming has increased 200 percent.