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11th Annual Innovative Architecture & Design Awards

Feature Article - May 2013

Our eleventh annual Innovative Architecture & Design Awards competition turned up some of the best of the best. We're pleased to showcase the winning facilities here, as well as highlights from the award entries.


Iowa State University State Gym
University of Central Missouri Student Recreation and Wellness Center
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Recreation Center
Missouri State University Bill R. Foster and Family Recreation Center
Cecil College Physical Education Complex
Georgia College Wellness and Recreation Center
NRH Centre
Sidwell Friends School, Athletic Center

Editor's Choice Winner

Milwaukee Community Sailing Center

We are also pleased to showcase the following facilities that were submitted and sponsored by the firm that entered them:

Vande Poel-Heeringa Stadium Courts at the Etheridge Tennis Complex, Hope College
Choice Health & Fitness Center
Oscoda Observation Pier
Columbus State University Student Recreation Center

Iowa State University State Gym

Ames, Iowa

Award Winner - May 2013

The $46.2 million project involved the overhaul of the State Gym with an addition that connects both the gym and Beyer Hall into one cohesive recreation and wellness complex. Moreover, the State Gym's enhancement provides a complementary recreation and wellness facility to the Lied Recreation Athletic Center, which is located on the opposite side of the campus.

University of Central Missouri Student Recreation & Wellness Center

Warrensburg, Missouri

Award Winner - May 2013

On one level, the combination of curricular and co-curricular programs has immense implications for student learning. On another level, the facility has become the place to engage in recreation for students, faculty and staff.

Vande Poel - Heeringa Stadium Courts Etheridge Tennis Complex, Hope College

Holland, Michigan

Award Winner - May 2013

The idea to create a new tennis complex—funded by private donors and a grant from the USTA—came about in 2009 when the school was in search of a location for a new outdoor tennis development. As it turns out, the city of Holland had an unused corner of property that was adjacent to the college's existing indoor tennis facility and outdoor athletic fields. As part of the agreement, the city deeded the land to the college, while the college agreed to make the courts available for public and community use.

California Polytechnic State University, Recreation Center

San Luis Obispo, California

Award Winner - May 2013

The support and input from university students as well as their participation in the final design and approval helped bring the new center to life, with the goal of boosting recreation programs and helping to maximize views into the building. The project team also worked closely with the university's recreation, athletics, Kinesiology and various academic departments to help create the new center.

Missouri State University Bill R. Foster & Family Recreation Center

Springfield, Missouri

Award Winner - May 2013

The new center features basketball courts, a MAC (multiuse activity court), a weight-fitness area, group exercise rooms, a jogging track, a climbing/bouldering wall, an indoor fitness/activity pool, a wellness suite, an outdoor bouldering area, administration space and more.

Cecil College
Physical Education Complex

North East, Maryland

Award Winner - May 2013

The 50,070-square-foot complex encompasses an array of indoor and outdoor spaces for both formal and informal activities that accommodate intercollegiate athletics events and fitness programs, wellness-related classes, group study and collaborative learning, as well as student clubs, summer camps, luncheons and receptions, commencement and community events. It can even be used as a place to spend time with friends.

Georgia College Wellness & Recreation Center

Milledgeville, Georgia

Award Winner - May 2013

The new $28.2 million center creates an iconic front door to the west campus that helps establish a renewed sense of community and campus life. The facility's design involves an arrangement of pathways that connect the Wellness Center with residential life at the university, an outdoor leisure pool, conference and dining hall facility, as well as athletic fields.

NRH Centre

North Richland Hills, Texas

Award Winner - May 2013

The most significant example of this philosophy is the program itself. The Centre is not just a recreation center. Nor is it a venue for special events. It is not just a senior center. It is all of these things, under one roof. The innovative strategy of combining facilities that were either missing or scattered about town into one civic place combines the pragmatic benefits of providing economy of scale and operational expenses with the intangibles of building community.

Sidwell Friends School Athletic Facility

Washington, D.C.

Award Winner - May 2013

The $39 million facility, which opened in the fall of 2010 and is situated partly underground, features a four-court gymnasium with competition courts, retractable bleacher seating for 600, a fitness facility, a wrestling room, coaches' offices, and lockers for students, faculty and officials.