University of Dayton


University of Dayton, Ohio’s largest private university, commissioned Hastings+Chivetta to design their new fitness and recreation complex.

Hastings+Chivetta conducted a feasibility study which led to the passage of a fee referendum supporting construction of the facility. The firm also led planning workshops that allowed students to express their health and recreation needs.

The three-level RecPlex is divided by a mezzanine that allows walking through the facility without entering controlled areas. Large windows and skylights are throughout.

The RecPlex boasts a four-court gymnasium with an 1/8-mile suspended track, a two-court multi-activity gym and large group fitness studios. One of the three racquetball courts can be converted to a squash or wally ball court. Individuals scaling the 30-foot climbing wall can peak into the 10,000 SF second-floor fitness center with cardio equipment, weight machines and free weights.

The indoor Aquatic Center has an eight-lane competition pool, a diving well, a vortex leisure pool, a large spa and a wet classroom. Personal training, massage therapy and wellness assessment have their own space. A juice bar, locker rooms, a family changing area, classrooms and offices round out the remaining public space.


Project Details

    • Gross Square Feet
    • 125,000
    • Completion Date
    • 2006
    • Construction Cost
    • $ 20,585,742
    • City
    • Dayton
    • State
    • OH
    • Client Type
    • Private
    • Enrollment
    • 5,000-10,000
    • Associate Firm
    • Edge & Tinney Architects


    • 2006
    • Best Institutional/College
    • Masonry Construction Magazine