Wake Forest Wellbeing Center

Winston-Salem, NC
Construction Cost: Withheld per Owner's request
Area / Square Feet: 185,000
Occupancy Date: March 2018

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.