Corpus Christi, Texas
148,000 GSF, 13,750 M2
Architecture, Interior Architecture, Programming
This unique facility was added as a phase 2 to the recently completed Dugan Wellness Center at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Confronting the problem of limited space on campus, the facility was intended to combine multiple campus departments into one building as a means to promote cross-discipline communication and sharing. The result is a fusion concept consolidating programs in Recreation, Nursing, Health Sciences, Kinesiology and Athletics into a single multi-discipline facility.
But, by fusing these departments under one roof, the design team made the whole greater than the sum of its parts. While the Kinesiology program utilizes the running track during class time for lab work, recreation users are welcome to use the track, after academic use, to focus on wellness. With the fused program, the recreation department gained access to the running track, plus the "extra” gym and multipurpose rooms, when not in use by the academic departments.
Quantitatively, combining these groups reduced redundant program space – mostly occupied by lobbies, lockers, and group study areas – by about 7%, making the facility highly-efficient and cost-effective. Qualitatively, the new building is synergistic, allowing independent user groups to benefit from shared space, visibility and enhanced relationship building.