Illinois State University
Illinois State UniversityNormal, Ill.
Providing a new home for the School of Kinesiology and Recreation (part of the College of Applied Science & Technology), Recreation Services (a department of Student Affairs) and other wellness partners, the Student Fitness Center and McCormick Hall boasts many functional improvements, departmental efficiencies and beneficial spatial relationships.
Throughout three stories of recreation and academic space, the interior architecture enhances users’ ability to visually experience program areas. In the main west lobby, users approaching the customer service desk have dramatic views into multiple activity spaces, including the pool, climbing wall, juice bar, classrooms, the gymnasium, the fitness center, group exercise rooms and an elevated track.
The dynamic form and composition of the building’s exterior complements the older collegiate Georgian character of the campus, while boldly reinterpreting that character into a new composition. The building faces feature extensive amounts of brick with punched windows placed to harmonize with the existing vocabulary of the campus.
The largest building project ever undertaken by the university, the facility extends from the campus quad to Main Street and is poised to become a hub of student activity. The project included rejuvenating the existing McCormick Hall as an active learning, recreation and competition environment, and several administrative, learning and instructional spaces were added in a new west addition to McCormick Hall, enhancing its connectivity to the rest of the building.
Project DetailsArchitect of Record: PSA Dewberry; Chicago, Ill.
Planning Consultant : RDG Planning & Design; Des Moines, Iowa
Aquatic Design Engineer: Counsilman-Hunsaker; St. Louis, Mo.
Construction Cost: $40.6 million
Square Feet: 179,564
Occupancy: December 2010
Basketball: Horner Flooring Company
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Aalco Manufacturing Co.
Chemical Control Systems: Chemtrol, Div. of Santa Barbara Control Systems
Climbing Walls: Entre Prises Climbing Walls
Dashers: Boarder Patrol
Dehumidifiers: PoolPak International
Divider Curtains: Aalco Manufacturing Co.
Filtration Systems: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair
Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.
Flooring, Aerobics: Horner Flooring Company
Flooring, Fitness Center: Traction
Gutters: Lawson Aquatics Inc.
Heaters: PoolPak International
Ladders/Grab Bars: KDI Paragon
Lane Markers: Competitor Swim Products
Lockers: Ideal Products Inc.
Sanitization Systems: PPG Industries
Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Sportable
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Accurate Partitions Corp.
Swimsuit Extractors: Extractor Corp.
Volleyball Nets and Standards: Aalco Manufacturing Co.
Wall Padding: Aalco Manufacturing Co.
Water Play Features: Water Volleyball and BAsketball