University of South Dakota Wellness Center

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University of South Dakota Wellness Center

Vermillion, S.D. 2012

Project Description

The facilities at the University of South Dakota's Dakota Dome were no longer able to adequately serve either student-athlete exercise and competition or general student recreation and fitness demands. The new standalone Wellness Center meets student recreation and wellness needs, as well as strengthens the sense of community among students and faculty outside the classroom. Highlights of the new facility include a 15,000-square-foot fitness center, a 38-foot-tall climbing wall, a multipurpose activity court, racquetball courts and group fitness rooms.

Natural light penetration and dynamic views are strong features of the folded-plate zinc roof system. Native granite was used to complement the zinc panels and brick masonry walls. A contemporary screen wall was incorporated at the main entry to shield against harsh winter winds.

Interiors of exposed steel and ductwork, locally quarried natural stone, polished concrete floors and punches of USD red emulate many of the exterior materials. Natural quartzite stone is a key material used throughout the project.

Phase two of this plan integrates a natatorium to the south, maintaining many of the visual connections of the central lobby hub.

Project Details

Architect: RDG Planning & Design; Des Moines, Iowa
Construction Cost: $12.3 million
Square Feet: 56,195
Occupancy: January 2011

Basketball: Connor Sports Flooring

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Performance Sports Systems

Climbing Walls: Eldorado Climbing Walls

Divider Curtains: Performance Sports Systems

Floor Covers: Covermaster Inc.

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Flooring, Aerobics: Connor Sports Flooring

Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo

Multipurpose: Mats Inc.

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Track: Mondo

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Schelde North America

Wall Padding: Schelde North America