First combined Campus Recreation, Student Health and Counseling Center in the nation.
In the fall of 2011, the team of Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture (BRS), as Architect of Record and Hughes Group Architects (HGA), as Design Architect, began an ambitious three month effort to assist the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs visualize an expansion to their Student Recreation Center. A 21% enrollment increase since the center opened in 2007 placed a significant strain on the facility. Through a series of workshops and focus group meetings with students, faculty and staff, BRS and HGA developed a prioritized expansion program to meet the University’s budget.
In the spring of 2012, UCCS students voted to increase their student fees to fund the project and the Program Plan received approval by the University of Colorado Board of Regents.
Subsequent to the Recreation Center Expansion Concept Design Phase, the University decided to expand the Student Health and Counseling Centers and co-locate these programs with the Recreation Center. BRS and HGA were selected a second time by the University to provide full-service design and construction services for a combined Student Recreation and Wellness Center. New and renovated spaces in the recreation program include greatly expanded free-weight and cardiovascular equipment areas, additional fitness studios, a double court gymnasium with spectator seating, additional locker rooms and expanded space for an outdoor adventure program. The Wellness program includes a new laboratory, therapy and exam rooms, emergency ambulance access, provider offices, and a teaching kitchen.
The building design as a whole was carefully considered in the context of its site as a connector between the Central and North Campuses, as well as between the City and the Campus.