Longwood University asked Hastings+Chivetta in 2004 to complete a three-part study and master plan that evaluated athletic, recreation, and student union facilities.
Based on results, university administration approved a student recreation fee increase to construct a new facility. Hastings+Chivetta, in association with Moseley Architects, designed the new Recreation Center, which has been designated as LEED Gold, the first Gold certified higher education building in Virginia.
Located at a major campus entry, the facility is nestled into the side of an existing hill. Responding to this context is a three-level glass feature through which the fitness center, two-level climbing wall, and 1/8-mile indoor track can be seen.
Components include a cardio and weight training fitness area, a two-court gymnasium, a multi-activity court, racquetball courts, multipurpose rooms, locker rooms, equipment issue, offices, and storage. A juice bar and student lounge are connected to the lobby.
The Center for Student Health, Wellness and Counseling has its own entry on the upper level side of the hill, separate from the main entrance on the lower level, to ensure student privacy. The center includes reception, examination rooms, counseling offices, health center offices, restrooms, and support spaces. A secluded therapy garden is near the entrance to the Student Health Center.