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.