March 21, 2013

Outstanding Sports Facilities

NIRSA (National Intramural Recreation Sports Association) recently selected the University of South Dakota Wellness Center and Iowa State University State Gym Expansion and Renovation to receive their distinguished Outstanding Sports Facilities Award. TWO of only thirteen winners chosen from projects, designed and built across the nation.

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This annual awards program recognizes architects, consultants, and facility owners and managers for their efforts planning, financing, designing and operating indoor recreation and wellness facilities that set high standards for design and functionality.

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State Gym Expansion and Renovation: RDG was the Design Architect for the 163,239 gross sq.ft. State Gym Expansion and Renovation, which involved construction of a new addition to State Gym, major renovations to existing State Gym, and targeted remodeling in Beyer Hall. This work also links Beyer Hall with the expanded State Gym providing additional facilities and increased activity choices without the need to build all new facilities. In addition, this linkage and reuse of State Gym provides a positive identity and gives new life to the historical campus icon that State Gym represents.


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Wellness Center: This 57,000 sq.ft. Wellness facility provides a 2-Court Gymnasium, MAC Court, Racquetball, Jogging Track, Fitness/Strength, Group Exercise and Climbing Wall to meet the recreation and wellness needs of the University of South Dakota's students and faculty. The building's folded plate roof form and massing were derived to capture views and natural light to the north and enclose the 38' high climbing wall, which is a feature of the main entrance. In addition, the building has achieved LEED Silver certification. Energy conservation measures reduce energy consumption by 30% - about $20,000 per year!