Utah State University Opens HOK-Designed Aggie Recreation Center
Utah State University officials recently celebrated the opening of the 105,000-sq.-ft. Aggie Recreation Center (ARC) in Logan, Utah.
The state-of-the-art building creates a new physical and visual gateway for students to their surroundings. Located on a prominent campus site, the design reflects the scenic landscape. The building is situated between Logan Canyon and Bear River Range to the east, the Bear River Valley to the northwest and the Wellsville Range to the southwest. The design of its orientation, form and interior spaces responds to the unique geography.
“Our new Aggie Recreation Center is simply stunning! Students are so pleased with the breathtaking exterior design, the well-conceived interior layout that encourages social interaction and the high quality of materials throughout,” said Dr. James Morales, vice president for student services. “This magnificent facility has already exceeded our expectations as the new jewel in the crown of campus facilities at Utah State University.”
“We designed the Aggie Recreation Center to connect students to their surroundings, activate a central corridor on campus and promote wellness in a comfortable, inviting and accessible environment,” said James Braam, a regional leader of HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice. “From the time the project began, Utah State University empowered students to drive the design process for this recreation center. They now feel a sense of ownership for the building, which strengthens their physical, emotional and mental health.”
The new facility responds to a growing demand for recreation space on Utah State’s campus of more than 17,000 students. The state-of-the-art equipment and amenities engage users across all fitness levels. The center includes full-sized basketball and volleyball courts, a multi-activity court gym, an indoor running track, a climbing wall, a cardio loft, space for outdoor recreation programming, two group fitness studios, administrative offices and a student lounge.
The project team, which includes Salt Lake City-based AJC Architects, is pursuing LEED-NC Silver certification. All facility components, including a rock climbing wall, will be complete by Jan. 11, 2016.
To learn more about the Aggie Recreation Center, visit USU.edu/CampusRec.
Images courtesy of Utah State University and Shanda Call