San Angelo, Texas
22,000 GSF, 2,044 M2
Architecture, Interior Architecture, Programming
Serving a population of more than 7,000 students, the center’s mission is to engage the campus community in recreation and wellness programs while fostering social interaction, sportsmanship, and leadership development. Sharing space with the university’s Departments of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy, the center was designed to accommodate academic and training activities in addition to recreation and fitness programs. Popular amenities include a cardio/weight room and a three-lane indoor track. Its most prominent features are a 40-foot tall rock climbing wall and bouldering structure. Firsts for the university, these elements have contributed to tripling the center’s utilization rates.
The building is sited along the campus’ primary pedestrian axis and brings new energy to an existing foot facility—once home to ASU’s basketball arena—and adds a contemporary feel to the university’s campus. Even though it was located on a prominent site, the original 1970s facility was pretty easy to miss. The facility’s windowless block and brick north façade made it impossible for passersby to see inside.
It was important to visually connect users to the center’s dynamic activity. Designers replaced the block façade with a glass curtainwall allowing for maximum visibility into the highly utilized facility. The configuration now offers increased visibility of the center’s functions and engages pedestrians traveling along the east mall.
ASU Opens Center for Human Performance
Center for Human Performance offers enhanced fitness options and dynamic gathering space.