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A Holistic Fitness Center for LSU Students

Louisiana State University Student Recreation Complex
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

The new center supports LSU’s vision for an expanded on-campus University Recreation (UREC) complex that inspires personal wellness.

Designed to promote “healthy buildings for healthy bodies,” the renovation and expansion will provide much-needed facilities for fitness, leisure, wellness, aquatic and outdoor adventure in a sustainable, flexible environment.

The center will be an anchor building on University Lake, drawing students to this campus destination and connecting them to the surrounding landscape. Creating strong links between indoor and outdoor program areas, the center’s form and layout maximize daylight, frame outside views and integrate open-air spaces with exercise terraces, outdoor aquatics and interior courtyards. 

In addition to 40,430 square feet of cardio and weight room space, the facility offers six group fitness studios, a 38-foot-high climbing wall and bouldering area, five multipurpose courts, three MAC gyms and a functional training area. A 1/4-mile indoor elevated track winds through the space like an LSU Tiger tail and incorporates an inclined sprint track. 

A new Outdoor Aquatic and Adventure Center includes a lap pool, a leisure pool that spells out the letters “LSU,” tennis courts, sand volleyball courts and a high-low ropes challenge course. The existing natatorium and adjacent locker rooms were renovated to enhance functionality and the environment for students. 

The multi-phased project includes the relocation of outdoor recreation fields for student intramural and club sports to a new off-campus site.

The project was designed as a joint venture by GraceHebert Architects and HOK.


257,000 sq. ft. / 23,870 sq. m.


Facility Programming 
Interior Design
Master Planning


National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) – Outstanding Sports Facilities Award


22 September 2014
“Schools Offer Gee Whiz Gyms”
U.S. News & World Report

21 September 2014
“Making a Splash on Campus”
The New York Times