France A Cordova Recreational Sports Center Purdue University Photo courtesy of Purdue University

France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center, Purdue University (Photo courtesy of Purdue University.)

Purdue University's Recreation Center Recognized for Design Excellence

Purdue University's rec facility has received the 2015 Facility Design Award of Excellence from the Association of College Unions International.

The France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, has received the 2015 Facility Design Award of Excellence from the Association of College Unions International.

The 355,000-square-foot facility opened in 2012 after a $98 million renovation and expansion of existing recreation and fitness space.

Among the features of the center are a recreational pool that has an area for water basketball or volleyball, plus a 25-person spa and a play area; more than 500 pieces of strength and cardiovascular equipment; large windows with protection from ultraviolet rays to reduce sun exposure; a climbing wall and a bouldering wall; and 50 more lockers than were in the previous facilities.

Moody Nolan, the architectural firm that designed the project, said the renovation and expansion modernized three antiquated, windowless boxes that housed fitness, gymnasium and aquatic spaces.

"Boring and confusing entries and corridors between windowless activity spaces were replaced by a soaring central atrium of activity, reinvigorating renovated spaces with natural light brought deep into the heart of the facility and reaching its lowest levels," the architects said.

The center has received LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its sustainable design elements, Moody Nolan said.

Spaces were designed to have multiple functions, such as the lobby doubling as pre-function to the natatorium.

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