Student Recreation Center
TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY—SAN MARCOS
San Marcos, Texas
hen the original 98,000-square-foot Student Recreation Center at Texas State University was constructed in 1994, enrollment was at 21,000 students. But since then, student enrollment—and participation in campus recreation—has grown dramatically. A student-led initiative to expand the facility to ease crowding won overwhelming approval, and the $24 million renovation and expansion, which incorporated the original project's second phase and adopted the new Spanish Colonial style of the campus masterplan, was completed in April 2009.
Now all seven major program areas of Campus Recreation are incorporated into the center's diverse areas, from traditional basketball/volleyball courts, indoor soccer, fitness areas and pools to an innovative climbing wall solution, golf practice area and boxing area.
The design of the new building's entrance is a response to the ways campus circulation has evolved. Students enter the facility beneath a cloudlike ceiling and get an immediate view of the range of activities available to them. Three large removable murals highlight the lobby. These pictures can be updated on a periodic basis and feature students involved in various outdoor activities offered through the university. The existing building was updated with cosmetic changes, allowing a seamless transition from older space to new.
The building hosts several unique features, including a "Calories to Kilowatts" program, which retrofitted 30 elliptical trainers to convert the energy generated during workouts to electricity. Another technological innovation, biometric scanners, is used at the entrance to allow students to enter without an ID. The pools use ultraviolet lamps to disinfect water and oxidize chloramines, improving air quality.
Students descending to the climbing gym see Native Texas white limestone from nearby Hill Country. And the climbing wall itself features split arches instead of the more common central spire, allowing more climbers and offering a view to the windows and into the bouldering area.
According to Glenn Hanley, director of Campus Recreation, participation has increased 61 percent since the expansion was completed.
"The Student Recreation Center and our expanded recreation offerings have assisted in reaching out to our students and aiding in retention," he said.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.campusrecreation.txstate.edu/programs/informal/src.html
W H A T T H E J U D G E S S A I D
"Nice, open interior development. Interior transparency is pleasing."
"Nice transition from old to new—great presence!"
"The colonnade across the existing building does a great job of unifying the exterior architecture."
"Excellent example of a complex addition and renovation that in the end all looks new."
A S S O C I A T E D F I R M S
Program Consultant: SportsPlan Studio
Aquatics Consultant: Counsilman-Hunsaker
Structural Consultant: Jaster-Quintanilla
MEP Consultant: Blum Consulting Engineers
Landscape Architect: TBG Partners