Award Winner - May 2011
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Student Recreation & Wellness Center, California State University, Long Beach

S U B M I T T E D    B Y

Cannon Design in Grand Island, N.Y.

Size: 109,000 square feet (building) + 142,135 square feet (outdoor areas, including pool)

Project Cost: $48.9million

Quick Tour:

  • Landscaped entry plaza
  • Snack & juice bar
  • Lounge
  • Walled courtyard with sand volleyball courts, recreation pool
  • Cardio/fitness center
  • Running track
  • Three-court gym
  • Two-court MAC
  • Three multipurpose rooms
  • Rock climbing wall
  • Locker rooms
  • Three racquetball courts
  • Wellness center
  • Administrative offices
  • Parking lot

The new $48.9 million Student Recreation & Wellness Center (SRWC) at California State University in Long Beach has made an impressive impact on existing recreation programs, and has helped further the development of new recreational opportunities.

Some of the benefits of the new center include the fact that the physical education department has more room now for classes and space for clubs and organizations that host practices or competitions. In addition, the SRWC has been able to add or expand several other recreational programs.

"The Associated Students (ASI) are so proud of the new Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) at California State University [in] Long Beach. The response from the students has been overwhelmingly positive. We have exceeded our expected daily usage by nearly 50 percent with up to 3,500 members using the facility daily," said Dave Edwards, Ed.D., ASI associate executive director and director of the University Student Union at California State University. "It is quite common to hear students comment about how much they enjoy the SRWC programs and facility. One student recently stated, 'This facility makes me so proud to go to school here. I can't wait to tell my friends from other schools.'"

The amenities at the center include a landscaped entry plaza, a snack and juice bar, a lounge, a walled courtyard with sand volleyball courts and recreation pool, a 20,000-square-foot cardio/fitness center, running track, three-court gym, two-court multi-activity court, three multipurpose rooms, rock climbing wall, locker rooms, three racquetball courts and a wellness center.

"Being the first LEED Gold facility on campus, the SRWC is leading the way when it comes to sustainability and conservation efforts. In design, construction and operation, ASI has focused this facility on mitigating the environmental impact as much as possible," Edwards said. "Originally, the staff thought that this would prove to be an operational challenge for our members, but actually the members have fully embraced these efforts. From water refill stations and smart-screen electronic advertising to biometric access readers and environmentally controlled heating and air units, the integration of sustainable efforts into the operation of this facility has been one of the most exciting features so far."

In addition, the new wellness center embraces the school's tradition of campus architecture and landscape, while being true to the beliefs of connecting indoor spaces with the outdoors. The design concept emits openness and transparency that is expressed throughout the building.

Construction waste was recycled and building materials contain significant recycled content. The building envelope was designed to minimize infiltration, but in a manner that introduces natural daylight into spaces.

The facility earns an estimated annual energy savings of 350,126 Kwh/1,974 therms. The estimated annual cost savings (electricity and gas) comes to $35,000 at $0.10/Kwh and $1,678 at $0.85 per therm. The project also was granted a financial incentive of $112,213 through Savings by Design, a state program funded by California utility customers that offers services and incentives that encourage facility owners and architects to make energy performance a top priority.

"Again, the campus has been very excited and receptive to this new SRWC. Almost overnight it has changed campus life for the better with students staying on campus longer and refocusing toward a healthier, more balanced life," Edwards added.


W H A T   T H E   J U D G E S   S A I D

"Nice sensitivity to orientation and daylight. Successful handling of interior space with a restrained, simple palette. Interesting feature: group fitness room interior windows, good small-scale social space and means of bringing daylight deep into plan."

Daniel Heuberger

"Meticulously organized with fun features like the yellow bench boxes, the CSU-Long Beacg students are the recipients of a great building."

Steve Blackburn

"Great connectivity between various activities! Abundance of natural light is delightful."

Janet Jordan

"Good job breaking the large building into more manageable forms! Interesting that the second floor is so open and the ground level a bit heavier, but nice the way the light from the upper levels filters down to the lower levels. Simple, clean interiors help keep a very large building feeling light and balanced inside."

Rudy Fabiano

A S S O C I A T E D    F I R M S

MEP: P2S Engineering

Civil: Breen Engineers

Landscape Architecture: Carter, Romanek Landscape Architects

Structural: Saiful/Bouquet Structural Engineers Inc.

Acoustics: Newson Brown Acoustics LLC

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