The Ohio State University

Recreation & Physical Activity Center

The Ohio State University selected Hastings+Chivetta, in association with Brailsford & Dunlavey, to assess Larkins Hall, constructed in 1931 as a gymnasium and natatorium. Services included programming, conceptual design, peer review and sustainability assessment.

The Hall was overtaxed attempting to meet the needs of student recreation, several athletic teams, and the academics of the School of Physical Activity & Educational Services (PAES). Workshops with OSU constituents found the facility dated, difficult to navigate, uncomfortable in hot weather and code deficient.

Hastings+Chivetta’s recommendations led OSU to demolish existing facilities in phases as new facilities were opened. The four-level design included over 25,000 SF of weight and fitness space; 21 multipurpose courts; 18 racquetball and 4 squash courts; 12 indoor golf practice tees; 8 multipurpose exercise rooms; a suspended track; an aquatics center with over 26,000 SF of water surface; and a unique combination of an urban and natural environment climbing wall.

The firm’s plans had a separate facility for PAES, as well as an extensive wellness center, including classrooms, examination rooms, office suites and a laboratory. Hastings+Chivetta was hired to provide initial programming, conceptual design, and architectural and MEP peer review for Moody Nolan and Antoine Predock & Associates.


Project Details

    • Gross Square Feet
    • 638,000
    • Completion Date
    • 2006
    • Construction Cost
    • $ 106,819,179
    • City
    • Columbus
    • State
    • OH
    • Client Type
    • Public
    • Enrollment
    • 10,000+
    • Associate Firm
    • Brailsford & Dunlavey


    • 2007
    • Facility of Merit
    • Athletic Business