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Healthy Buildings, Healthy Bodies

Auburn University Recreation and Wellness Center
Auburn, Alabama, USA

“There is no way to describe how awesome this building is. This new facility is going to help us reach our goal to be the healthiest and most fit campus in the country.”

Jennifer Jarvis
Director of Campus Recreation, Auburn University

The environmental graphics at Auburn University’s Recreation and Wellness Center bring the outside in and communicate a message of “healthy buildings, healthy bodies.”

The building creates a new hub for personal, social and physical well-being at Auburn.

Bold graphics embody the concept of ‘bringing the outside in’ through engaging, layered photography of local landmarks with pops of color. This visual connectivity with the outdoors, combined with silhouettes of bodies in motion, creates an intuitive wayfinding package that activates the space. A dot pattern applied to graphics throughout the building acts as a unifying design element.

As part of a campus-wide branding effort, HOK’s Experience Design group created code signage for integration throughout Auburn’s facilities. This expanded the visual language and brought a cohesive design vocabulary to the campus buildings.


LEED Silver anticipated


240,000 sq. ft. / 22,300 sq. m.


Facility Programming
Graphic Design
Interior Design
Master Planning


National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association – Outstanding Sports Facility

Athletic Business – Facility of Merit Award


Construction cost per square foot

1/3 mile

Length of corkscrew track


22 April 2016
“Auburn University’s Recreation and Wellness Center Named One of Nation’s Best”
HOK News

1 December 2014
“Designing Tracks for Recreational Users”
Athletic Business

22 August 2014
“A Look Inside the Most Insane College Gyms”
Fast Company

24 March 2014
“The Coolest College Recreation Centers in America”
Men’s Health

1 March 2014
“Facilities of Merit 2014: Auburn University Recreation and Wellness Center”
Athletic Business

1 March 2014
“Welcome to the Neighborhood”
Recreation Management

1 January 2014
“Making Tracks a Focal Point of Recreation Center Design”
Athletic Business