Illinois State University

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Illinois State University

Normal, Ill. 2011

Project Description

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 Details

Architect 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.

Multipurpose: Traction

Sanitization Systems: PPG Industries

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Sportable

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Accurate Partitions Corp.

Skylights: Tubelight

Swimsuit Extractors: Extractor Corp.

Track: Traction

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Aalco Manufacturing Co.

Wall Padding: Aalco Manufacturing Co.

Water Play Features: Water Volleyball and BAsketball