Facilities of Merit 2009: Cleveland State University Recreation Center

Cleveland State University Recreation Center

Year in Showcase: 2009

Project Description

The Recreation Center at Cleveland State University represents a renewed focus on student life. Consistent with the campus master plan, the building creates a new gateway to the campus by engaging the street, and the landscaped entrance court anticipates future campus expansion.

The design team integrated a number of innovative sustainable strategies, including stormwater management; underground parking; low albedo roofing; an infusion of daylight and high-energy-performance exterior walls, windows and shading systems; and specification of locally manufactured materials with recycled content.

The interior design concept hinges on an open-circulation atrium, and such exterior materials as brick and stone are brought into the lobby. The entire program is organized to achieve the feeling of “a building without walls.” The fitness spaces weave throughout the facility and offer views of the gymnasium and multipurpose activity court, while daylight filters in through several skylights, roof monitors and clerestories. Other program elements include racquetball courts, locker rooms, a childcare center, underground parking and space for a future rooftop garden.

The three-story recreation center adjoins the existing athletic complex, allowing for shared use of the natatorium.


Judge's Comments

An urban design for an urban campus setting, the exterior could have been very massive and brutal, yet it has a nice scale and rhythm to it. The interior design and planning are superb, with a great vertical relationship between all the floors and a fun play on volume and experience.
— Bob McDonald

The facility program evolves into a well-laid-out plan that flows smoothly from the entry level and on up to active areas and a view of the campus.
— Mike Pratl

The project presents a handsome urban face and anticipates future urban growth. The clean brick massing above and public transparency at grade resulted in a reinvigorated public street.
— Vik Jaunkalns


Project Details

Architect: Weber Murphy Fox; Cleveland, Ohio
Architect: Sasaki Associates Inc.; Watertown, Mass.
Construction Cost: $29.8 million
Square Feet: 130,000
Occupancy: August 2006

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Spalding

Court Panels/Glass: Court Co., The

Divider Curtains: Spalding

Elliptical Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Elliptical Equipment: Precor Incorporated

Entertainment Systems: Denon Electronics (USA) Inc.

Floor Finishes: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Flooring, Fitness Center: Tuflex Rubber Flooring

Lighting: Sportlite Inc.

Lockers: Art Metal Products

Rehabilitation/Testing Units: SCIFIT Systems Inc.

Rowers: Concept2 CTS Inc.

Shower/Toilet Partitions: General Partitions Mfg. Co.

Skylights: Structures Unlimited Inc.

Stair Climbers: Cybex International Inc.

Stair Climbers: Star Trac

Stationary Bikes: Cybex International Inc.

Strength Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Surface: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surfaces, Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Surfaces, Multipurpose: Mats Inc.

Surfaces, Track: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Treadmills: Cybex International Inc.

Treadmills: Star Trac

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Spalding


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