A single radial control desk allows a small staff to monitor much of the activity in the building.


Ashland, Ohio  Ashland University’s Recreation and Sport Sciences building was designed to be a major destination and social hub for the campus. The sense of excitement and activity begins with the outdoor plaza. Recaptured from a major parking lot, this green space provides students a place to gather for events and informal conversation.

Home to the varsity swim team, the new natatorium features an eight lane, 25 yard pool, diving well and 14-person whirlpool.   Varsity sports, and AU’s accredited Athletic Training Program, benefit from the 4,500 SF training facility, including hydrotherapy, taping stations, and rehab areas.

The entry to the 108,000 SF Recreation Center is situated on an elevated plane above the plaza. The outdoor common area extends up and into the glass atrium via seating walls and stairs. The entrance opens into the lobby which is energized by views of the various activities and spaces. A jogging track arcs through the space above, while openings in the floor give views to the game room, lounge, weight/fitness areas and golf simulator on the lower level.  The building also houses a swimming pool for intercollegiate athletics and recreation; basketball, volleyball,  racquetball, tennis courts, and badminton; a climbing wall; locker rooms; lounge/eatery; and departmental offices and classrooms for the Recreation / Sport Sciences program.

The building’s exterior design takes its cues from the existing campus architecture. Architectural elements such as the red brick, stone base and trim, and wide expanses of glass allow the Recreation Center to fit comfortably into the campus context.