Kent State University

Student Recreation and Wellness Center

Kent State University’s Student Recreation and Wellness Center, designed by Hastings+Chivetta, is located on the southern edge of campus and is situated at a major intersection, allowing the facility to be a focal point for the university and easily accessible for visitors. The facility provides student, faculty, and family recreation in a new building close to student housing and the Kent community.

Patrons enter the building at the end of a large wedge-shaped atrium where the focal point is a three-story state-of-the-art fitness center. Immediately adjacent to the atrium are the pro-shop, facility offices, and meeting rooms.

The atrium leads users to the control desk. Observation areas allow viewing into the natatorium, the four-court gymnasium, and the fitness area.

Recreation spaces include the four-court gymnasium, four racquetball courts, and an auxiliary gymnasium for hockey and indoor soccer. Adjacent to the four-court gymnasium, and separated by a glass wall, is the twelve-rope climbing wall. The fitness center includes one large and two small aerobics studios, a free weight room and a fitness area. The natatorium contains a six-lane, 25-meter lap pool and a leisure pool with a hot tub, a vortex, and a children’s play area. Outside the natatorium are two sand volleyball courts and a sundeck.


Project Details

    • Gross Square Feet
    • 153,000
    • Completion Date
    • 1999
    • Construction Cost
    • $ 15,200,000
    • City
    • Kent
    • State
    • OH
    • Client Type
    • Public
    • Enrollment
    • 10,000+


    • 1999
    • Immy Award
    • Kent Area Chamber of Commerce
    • 1999
    • Outstanding Sports Facilities Award
    • NIRSA