Cornell College, Richard and Norma Small Athletic and Wellness Center

Mount Vernon, Iowa


Kahler Slater


Cornell College


44,624 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


Design team
Jeff Piette, AIA; Adam Bastjan, AIA, LEED AP; Chad Bloedel, AIA; Scott Lousier, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Justin Hageman, AIA, LEED AP; Mary LaFrombois, ASID, IIDA, LEED AP, WELL AP; Matt Winder; Whitney Wright; Mortenson (Construction Manager); Design Engineers (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection); Raker Rhodes Engineering (Structural); MMS Consultants (Landscape/Civil)

With a mission to better serve its students’ health and wellness needs, Cornell College engaged Kahler Slater to design an updated home for its athletic and wellness programs. The two-level Health and Wellness Center creates a vibrant hub for campus life and fosters a sense of community.

The design concept brings modern and unique athletics and recreation programming to Cornell College; it provides a balance of new construction and cost-saving renovation. The addition, which houses an expanded lobby and gathering space, the Health and Wellness Center, Athletic Offices, and Athletic Training space, is specifically situated to take advantage of as much of the existing building as possible. This initial planning move not only saved construction dollars, but also provides a finished facility where many spaces are visually open to one another. The openness and transparency showcase the vibrancy of the facility to everyone who enters; it is an experience vastly different from the existing building. Updated locker rooms also serve student-athletes, visiting teams, and the entire community.

Since the center’s opening, Cornell College has seen a 30% increase in enrollment.

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Louis I. Kahn Citation

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Sports Stadiums/Athletic Facilities

Interior category

Physical Education Facilities/Recreation Centers

Product suppliers specified

Carpet by J&J Commercial Carpet
Brick/Masonry by Glen-Gery
Ceilings by USG
Brick/Masonry by Webster
Windows by Oldcastle Architectural
Walls/Wall Materials by Morin Metal
Ceramic Tile by Wausau Tile
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