RDG In the Media: Catering to a New Generation of Students
In an interview with Engineering News-Record, RDG’s Tom Ohle, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP discusses the changing role of campus recreation centers and how design can support a holistic approach to student wellness.
Starting in the 1990s, colleges and universities began trying to “one-up” each other by building bigger and better recreational centers to recruit and retain students. 30 years later, competition has only intensified, bringing with it changes in the way designers approach these facilities.
Perhaps the biggest difference today is how recreational centers are being used for a lot more than getting a workout in between classes. In an interview with Engineering News-Record, RDG Planning & Design Partner and Architect Tom Ohle, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP explains how design for modern facilities now focuses on creating a place where students can find personal recreation and health plans – in essence, these facilities have transformed into hubs that support a multitude of student life, student activity, academic, athletic and town and gown activities.