Kennesaw State University, Dr. Betty L. Siegel Student Recreation and Activities Center

Kennesaw, Georgia

  • FIRM

    Hughes Group Architects


    Kennesaw State University

  • AREA

    174,392 sq.ft.





Kennesaw’s Student Recreation and Activities Center has been transformed into a vibrant hub of student life.
This phased, occupied renovation and expansion of a 1965 facility posed the unique challenge of incorporating a key pedestrian link, which flows through middle of the expanded and revitalized facility. Providing controlled access to the center from this ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMCooper CaryCOST PER SQ FT$222.00CITATIONBronze CitationFEATURED IN2016 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYPhysical-Education Facilities/Recreation CentersSUB CATEGORYSports Stadiums/Athletic Facilities link was a challenge that turned into an engaging asset. The result is an urban interchange that is filled with circulation, and social and fitness activities that intersect on three levels.
“Give us choices” was the mandate that the students declared during the interactive programming phase of the project. In response, the center provides 46 unique program elements and more than 146 simultaneous activity choices at any time. They are all united by a central three-story atrium that gives the center an engaging organizational clarity.
Two unique program features situated on the “River Walk” are the Wellness Suite and the Outdoor Adventure Zone. Positioned at the west entry lobby of the facility, the Wellness Suite is composed of a resources library, administration offices, counseling rooms and an instructional kitchen that overlooks the Campus Green.
The Outdoor Adventure Zone is adjacent to the climbing walls at the east entry and offers rental equipment, canoes and tents, and a full-scale bike shop. All of the counters and cabinets in the Outdoor Adventure Zone are constructed of rustic, hand-crafted wood that was recycled from the existing trees on the site. The Outdoor Adventure Zone and the adjacent climbing walls form a vivid image of outdoor recreation in action.
The angular motion of the exterior forms is continued through the interior spine, which is filled with natural light, plantings, benches and natural stone. It creates a park-like atmosphere that echoes with the sights and sounds of student activity.