Wildcat Recreation Center California State University, Chico
Wildcat Recreation Center California State University, ChicoChico, Calif. 2010
The California State University, Chico Wildcat Recreation Center (WREC) has become the new campus living room. The state-of-the-art project accommodates 2,000 users a day, providing 113,000 square feet of recreation space on two floors. An outdoor pool, heated spa and sun deck provide an additional 16,000 square feet of programmed outdoor space. Major spaces include fitness areas, multipurpose rooms, a gymnasium and MAC, an indoor track, a climbing wall, locker rooms and administrative offices.
The two-story central gallery space visually and physically connects all major recreation activities and extends the First Street entry forecourt past the climbing wall to the outdoor pool courtyard beyond. The easy-to-navigate plan flows from space to space. An inviting monumental staircase wraps a colorful graphic installation.
Social interaction and leisure factor into the WREC’s atmosphere with the inclusion of a lounge and refreshment bar that hosts gatherings before or after workouts. Overlooks into the gallery serve as private areas for stretching and cardio exercise, while also providing a quiet place for those who wish to read or work on a laptop. The pool’s zero-depth entry and spa are places of casual interaction between students.
Materials and colors draw from the surrounding campus and community environments. The building’s brick exterior is a custom blend inspired by Chico’s historic campus masonry buildings.
Project DetailsArchitect: Sasaki Associates Inc.; San Francisco, Calif.
Aquatic Design Engineer: Aquatic Design Group; Carlsbad, Calif.
Construction Cost: $47 million
Square Feet: 113,160
Occupancy: July 2009
Assessment & Monitoring Equipment: Advantage Fitness Products
Basketball: Haro Sport Floor
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Aalco Manufacturing Company
Bleachers/Grandstands: American Aluminum Seating/Hide-a-Bench Corporation
Cardiovascular Equipment: Advantage Fitness Products
Climbing Walls: Entre Prises Climbing Walls
Dashers: Cascadia Sports Systems Inc.
Divider Curtains: Aalco Manufacturing Company
Dryers: Speed Queen
Entertainment Systems: Advantage Fitness Products
Flooring: Dal Tile
Flooring, Aerobics: Haro Sport Floor
Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo
Free-Weight Equipment: Advantage Fitness Products
Graphic installation: 3Form
Lockers: Penco Products, Inc
Multipurpose: DD Linotop by Mats, Inc.
Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.
Scorers Tables: Daktronics Inc.
Strength Equipment: Advantage Fitness Products
Turnstiles: Alvarado Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Volleyball: Haro Sport Floor
Volleyball Nets and Standards: Aalco Manufacturing Company
Washers: Speed Queen
Wood ceilings and walls: Rulon Company