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Nicholas Recreation Center

Madison, WI
Construction Cost: $76.7 Million
Area / Square Feet: 248,300
Occupancy Date: September 2020

The Nicholas Recreation Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison creates a shared space for both athletics and the university’s recreation and wellness department.

The five-story recreation center provides three times the amount of cardio and strength training space as its predecessor, including a functional fitness sprint incline, eight basketball courts, five studios, an indoor track, two racquetball courts, and administrative areas. The facility is also home to the new world class Soderholm Family Aquatic Center, featuring a 50-meter-by-25-yard competition pool and a separate 25-yard diving well with associated platforms.

The aquatic center is home to the UW swimming and diving program and is designed to NCAA standards, allowing the venue to host large meets and special events. With seating for 1,000 spectators, restrooms, concessions, and a separate event entry and lobby, the facility provides student-athletes and fans with an exemplary experience. Support spaces within the venue include a dryland training area for diving, a therapeutic swim-in-place pool, visiting locker rooms, a shared wet classroom, offices, athletic training, meet management, pool storage and adjacent pool mechanical rooms.