Washington State University Recreation Center


Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

Education, Recreation

WSU’s Student Recreation Center marks the boundary between the urban campus and the rural surroundings. The 155,000 sf multi-use facility serves as a focal point for student activities and encourages student, faculty and staff interaction with a variety of active and passive spaces, including gymnasiums, fitness areas, jogging track, game courts, lounge, natatorium and health education classrooms.

The design makes extensive use of southern clerestories, light reflecting ceiling treatments, and exterior windows to maximize interior daylighting and ventilation. The building’s spatial relationships, detailing, energy efficiency, and sustainable materials approach has been studied nationwide as the new recreation center typology.