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Award Winner - May 2011

Old Dominion University Recreation Center

Norfolk, Virginia





S U B M I T T E D    B Y

Hastings & Chivetta Architects Inc., in St. Louis

Size: 152,645 square feet

Project Cost: $21.9 million

Quick Tour:

  • Hardwood gymnasium
  • Multi-activity court
  • Two-level, 15,000-square-foot cardio, strength & free weight space
  • Suspended running track
  • Three group exercise studios
  • Cycling studio
  • Three racquetball courts
  • Wi-Fi
  • Juice/bagel bar
  • Climbing wall

The new 152,645-square-foot student recreation center at Old Dominion University has become the heart of all sport, wellness and fitness activities at the school—incorporating high-performance sports surfaces, specialized lighting and low-maintenance building materials.

Completed in January 2009, the $21.9 million student recreation center embodies the mission of ODU Recreation and Wellness by providing cohesive and flexible space for students, faculty and staff to participate in independent or group activities. Amenities include a hardwood gymnasium with three courts; a multi-activity court; a two-level cardio, strength and free weight space of 15,000 square feet; a suspended running track; three group exercise studios; a cycling studio; three racquetball courts; WiFi; a juice/bagel bar; and a climbing wall.

In addition, the center's existing natatorium, used for competitions, recreation and community leisure, was preserved, while 143,000 square feet of new space was added. The natatorium also endured light renovation to add exterior windows and upgrade building systems. The eight-lane, 25-meter swimming pool is located at the north edge of the building with two separate entrances, while new construction branches out from the natatorium to the east and south.

The building's "storefront" reinforces the contour of parallel housing and offers a main-street-like appearance with views into the lobby, climbing wall, fitness courts and cardio mezzanine. The building is organized so that almost every activity venue is visually accessible. The absence of walls and barriers increases the occasion for students to join pick-up games or take up a novel activity that broadens their college experience and fosters an active and healthy lifestyle.

The facility's campus recreation and wellness programs have much to offer students with classes that include group fitness, group cycling, yoga and Pilates, and dance classes, such as Zumba, Hip Hop and Bollywood. Personal training programs are offered that include fitness assessments and fitness incentive and challenge programs, as well as wellness education that includes common health, nutrition seminars, relations workshops and health screenings.


FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://studentaffairs.odu.edu/recsports/


A S S O C I A T E D    F I R M S

Architect of Record: Moseley Architects


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