University of North Dakota Student Wellness Center

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University of North Dakota Student Wellness Center

Grand Forks, N.D. 2008

Project Description

The University of North Dakota’s Student Wellness Center was designed around a recurring wave motif that recalls the state’s rolling plains geography and also symbolizes users’ movement through the seven dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social, environmental and vocational. The color palettes embrace calming blends, as do textures for floors, walls and ceilings.

Individual dimensions of wellness are emphasized in rooms intended for meditation, prayer or reflection, while active areas include a three-court gymnasium, a 10,000-square-foot fitness floor, a 5,000-square-foot cardio deck and a group cycling studio.

LEED green-building principles were followed in the facility’s design and construction, including in the site location, stormwater management, and erosion and sediment control. Also, when possible, suppliers were chosen based on their commitment to using recycled materials in their production processes.

The wellness center operates with multi-zone lighting control stations in conjunction with occupancy sensors that provide lighting efficiencies. HVAC systems were chosen to minimize energy usage, building mechanical systems are controlled by an energy management system that optimizes equipment efficiency, and plumbing fixtures and fittings boast water-saving features.

Project Details

Architect: Hastings & Chivetta Architects Inc.; St. Louis, Mo.
Construction Cost: $16.2 million
Square Feet: 106,865
Occupancy: August 2006

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Jaypro Sports LLC

Climbing Walls: Entre Prises Climbing Walls

Divider Curtains: Jaypro Sports LLC

Floor Finishes: Action Floor Systems LLC

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Surfaces, Track: Mondo

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Jaypro Sports LLC