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Using Nature to Inspire Health and Wellness

Utah State University Aggie Recreation Center
Logan, Utah, USA

“The students I’ve talked to are in awe. They are in awe of the building as well as the offerings we’re able to bring in.”

Chase Ellis
Director of Campus Recreation, Utah State University

Located on a highly visible site within the campus, the Aggie Recreation Center is a physical and visual gateway for Utah State University (USU).

The university’s objective was to create a space that promotes healthy living while showcasing the natural beauty surrounding the campus.

Working closely with USU students and faculty, HOK’s Experience Design group researched the scenic regions around the facility, including Logan Canyon, Bear River Range, Bear River Valley and the Wellsville Range. These natural landscapes influenced the new building’s orientation and informed all placemaking decisions.

Using accurate topographic maps as a basis for the design, the vision was to mirror the landscape with an energetic, compelling graphic solution. The Experience Design team created dynamic maps of key locations and trail systems around the campus. Large-scale local photography, dimensional rock walls, and custom wayfinding and signage that imitates geologic forms connect users to the outdoors.

The facility has helped USU recruit prospective students. It promotes a sense of pride throughout the campus community and establishes a space that motivates the growing student body to pursue healthy lifestyles.

LEED CERTIFICATION

LEED Silver anticipated

SIZE

105,000 sq. ft. / 9,755 sq. m.

SERVICES

Architecture
Experience Design
Facility Programming
Interior Design

AWARDS

National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association – Outstanding Sports Facility

AIGA Kansas City Awards – Environmental Graphics

Print Magazine – Midwest Regional Design Award

NEWS

2 December 2015
“Utah State University Opens Aggie Recreation Center”
HOK News

17 August 2015
“New USU Recreation Center Nearing Completion”
The Herald Journal