Facilities of Merit 2009: Cleveland State University Recreation Center
Cleveland State University Recreation CenterYear in Showcase: 2009
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.
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 DetailsArchitect: 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