Ashland University - The Recreation and Arthur L. & Maxine Sheets Rybolt Recreation and Sport Sciences Center | Athletic Business

Ashland University - The Recreation and Arthur L. & Maxine Sheets Rybolt Recreation and Sport Sciences Center

Ashland, OH
Construction Cost: $16.7 million
Area / Square Feet: 108,000
Occupancy Date: March 2006

The sense of excitement surrounding this facility begins at an outdoor plaza. Formerly a large parking lot, this green space provides students a place to gather for events and informal conversation. The building?s entrance is situated on an elevated plane beyond the plaza and marked by a glass atrium energized by views of activity spaces that include a climbing wall and a natatorium. A jogging track meanders through the space above while large openings offer views to the game room, the lounge, weight and fitness areas, and a golf simulator.

Curved design elements animate a facility in which students come together to participate in athletics, academics and social activities, some of which take place in the lounge or juice bar. Wireless Internet access throughout the building?s classrooms and lounges allows students to stay connected.

The choice of exterior materials complements the adjacent structures and respects the overall campus environment.