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Dragon Wellness Center Minnesota State University Moorhead

Moorhead, Minn.
Construction Cost: $8.62 million
Area / Square Feet: 41,190
Occupancy Date: December 2008

Continued growth in Minnesota State University Moorhead’s student enrollment resulted in increased needs for indoor recreation space for both the general student population and club sports. The new Dragon Wellness Center meets those needs while keeping with the university’s mission statement for the facility as “an opportunity for an active and healthy lifestyle to become a focus of our campus culture.”

The center will work closely with Hendrix Health Center, the campus clinic, to help students address health issues ranging from obesity to misuse of alcohol. Wellness assessment services are located behind the control desk in the main lobby to provide security and privacy. Spaces include exam rooms, records storage, a massage and reflexology suite, a laundry area, offices and workspaces. The main level also has a two-court gymnasium, a group exercise room, a group cycling studio, a climbing wall and locker rooms. The entire second level — including an elevated track that encircles the gym below — is dedicated to fitness.

The center is a highly visible landmark on a major street. Its fresh, modern design combines brick, glass and metal in simple forms, for a building that stands out. Interiors are primarily neutral, highlighting MSUM’s colors of red and black, and reflecting the school’s dragon mascot. The lobby is large enough for socializing, a desired function of this new building.