Engaging a Community in Wellness

February 26, 2017 – Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) celebrates the grand opening of the new Trail Point Aquatic & Wellness Center located on their Ankeny Campus.  This project serves both academic and community initiatives, offering improved wellness and recreation opportunities for DMACC students and the broader Ankeny community.

The 88,000 SF complex is accomplished through a remodeling and addition to DMACC’s  existing Building 5.  The plan is organized around a main circulation zone that runs east-west through the building connecting parking to the central campus quad. A black box theater and flexible meeting rooms are built as additions to the existing building to allow the required higher volumes. Renovated space also includes administrative offices, campus bookstore, food court, and additional student lounge space.

The recreation portion of the addition is two stories to accommodate an upper level weights and fitness area and running track. First floor comprises a double height natatorium with pools for leisure and competition, gym space, and lobby area. Other program spaces include racquetball courts, group exercise, therapy pool suite, and a family center with child watch area.  The recreation facility will be open to local residents, the Ankeny School District, as well as DMACC Students, with the Therapy Pool Suite being managed by UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine and shared with other entities.

The college intends to integrate their academic programs into the new facility, creating a place where students can work together. Engaging them in programs from early-childhood management, to sports management, and physical therapy management. All of the amenities have the goal of enriching the college experience for the student, and improving the wellness of the community.

More images of the project can be found here.


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