The University of Texas System approved the expansion of the Tyler campus with the construction of a center for athletics as a home for the Departments of Recreation Sports, and Health and Kinesiology. Hastings+Chivetta was chosen to design the facility.
Sited at an entrance to the university, the Louise Herrington Patriot center is the focal point of campus. The two-level lobby is distinguished by natural light filtered through floor-to-ceiling windows.
The 3,500-seat performance arena has access to team locker rooms and an extensive training room. The arena also serves as a teaching space for court sports such as volleyball and basketball.
Recreation components include fitness and weight space, racquetball courts, an aerobics studio, an outdoor leisure pool and locker rooms. The Department of Recreational Sports oversees fitness, intramural and club sports, outdoor adventures and health and wellness education within the Center.
The Department of Health and Kinesiology has classrooms, seminar rooms, faculty office suites, and a 70-seat auditorium. Laboratories include biomechanics and anatomy, anatomical kinesiology, motor control and learning, motor development and exercise physiology as well as a student computer laboratory.
The academic facilities offer active learning, as classroom instruction is supported by first-hand experience in the laboratories.