Auburn University Recreation and Wellness Center 33
Auburn, Alabama, USA
The Recreation and Wellness Center honors
Marking the building’s entry, the ﬁve-story
achieve the crossover, the track ramps up and
the distinct architectural character of Auburn’s
cardio tower complements the campus’
down, enabling runners to do interval training.
campus while creating a hub for personal,
historic context of towers and steeples while
social and physical well-being.
providing interior spaces for suspension
The facility also offers basketball courts, an
training, group cycling and yoga. Located
outdoor leisure pool, cardio/ﬁtness zones, a
Built for an economical $225.00 per square
on the tower’s top ﬂoor, the yoga studio has
rock climbing wall, weight training areas and
foot, the highly efﬁcient space provides an
hangar windows that fold up at the press
outdoor recreation spaces.
engaging experience for all and great value for
of a button, allowing for the studio to be
completely open to outdoor air.
During the design process, students and
At one-third of a mile, the indoor running
referendum that funded the project. The team
administrators consistently expressed a
track is one of the longest in the country
produced documentation, a revised program
desire for spaces that “felt like Auburn.”
and the ﬁrst to be designed in a “corkscrew”
and 3D renderings to develop a promotional
The design responds by breaking the larger
conﬁguration. The track winds through both
package for marketing and a pricing package
volume of space into ﬁtness neighborhoods
gymnasiums, across the atrium and around
that helped the university understand the fee
that recreate the feeling of the campus’ many
the two-story atrium’s climbing tower while
assessment required for the project.
offering users different route choices. To
HOK provided preliminary planning and programming services to support a student
2015 design annual
240,000 sq. ft. / 22,300 sq. m.