In an effort to encourage the campus community to lead healthy lifestyles, Marshall University established the Wellness Coalition. The university commissioned Hastings+Chivetta, in collaboration with Capstone Development, to design a unique wellness village with a three-level recreation center flanked by two residence halls, emphasizing the combination of living-learning-wellness.
The aquatics center offers lap lanes, a leisure pool and a large hot tub. Other components in the three-story Center include a four-court, wood floor gymnasium; 17,000 SF cardio and weight training spaces on two floors; fitness/dance studios; a boxing/martial arts room; a spinning room; racquetball courts and a 45-foot climbing wall.
The Center’s amenities include a lobby large enough for social functions, a healthy café, a daycare center, lounges, the Outdoor Pursuits office, storage, and several sets of locker rooms.
The Wellness Center on the third floor is accessible from the lobby and offers fitness assessments and massage therapy. It serves as a laboratory for students enrolled in courses in exercise science, sports and recreation.
The new buildings fit in well architecturally with the existing urban campus. Walkways, landscaping and outdoor furniture are visually appealing, functional and safe, encouraging outdoor leisure.