Carleton College

Recreation Center

To help maintain its reputation as one of the nation’s premier institutions, Carleton College made a commitment to improve the quality of student life. During Carleton’s master plan process, one of the needs identified was the construction of a new student recreation center.

The Recreation Center was designed to blend into its landscape, which is part of Carleton’s arboretum. Buff brick, golden-colored brushed brick, and shades of bronze framing were used to reduce reflection from the sun.

Some of the facility’s major components include a six-lane, 200-meter indoor track; cardiovascular and fitness areas; a climbing wall; an aerobics/dance space; a putting green; tennis courts; and racquetball courts. The building has proven to be a great asset to the college by helping recruit and retain students from across the country.


Project Details

    • Gross Square Feet
    • 88,300
    • Completion Date
    • 2000
    • Construction Cost
    • $ 10,593,820
    • City
    • Northfield
    • State
    • MN
    • Client Type
    • Private
    • Enrollment
    • 1-2,500
    • Associate Firm
    • Hammel Green & Abrahamson Architects


    • 2001
    • Education Design Showcase
    • College Planning & Management