The transformation of Reynolds Gym into the Wake Forest Wellbeing Center provides updated facilities serving Student Recreation and Wellness, Student Health Services and women’s intercollegiate volleyball. With its 40,000-square-foot expansion and total renovation, this prominent facility allows state-of-the-art programs to be organized with a high degree of transparency, creating a visually dynamic experience throughout.
Phase II of the three-phase project was completed just prior to the 2017-18 academic year. That fall, 85 percent of undergraduates utilized facilities and services before the project was fully completed. Since completion, participation has increased in all program areas: intramural and club sports, group exercise, personal training, aquatics and outdoor recreation.
The use of glass on the facility’s exterior creates a contemporary feel while maintaining the integrity of the Collegiate Georgian framework. This was possible with the addition of a new structural-steel skeleton throughout the building. The main entry allows for one control point for the recreation, wellness and athletic functions of the building. A 3,000-square-foot living room just off the main entry lobby and immediately adjacent to the Office of Wellbeing is a popular hangout with its two-story windows, fireplace, water wall, live plants, mechanical massage chairs and comfortable furnishings. Lighting design highlights the many warm, inviting wood and brick surfaces that serve as a counterpoint to the energy of the activity within.