The wellness program at the University of North Dakota (UND) began in 2000 when the university president launched the Healthy UND Coalition; this coalition’s goal is to benefit the community by expanding opportunities for leisure, fitness and socialization.
It was decided that a wellness center would meet this goal. Hastings+Chivetta was hired to provide site location concepts and building design.
The center was designed to integrate the seven dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social, environmental and occupational. The wellness suite has assessment rooms, massage therapy, reflexology therapy, and classrooms. A library/media area has computers and resource materials.
Recreational components include a three-court gymnasium, a multi-activity court, and a suspended three-lane track that winds through the facility. The 10,000-SF fitness floor has over 100 weight machines. The 5,000-SF cardio deck features six large plasma televisions, thirteen personal screens, and nearly 100 pieces of equipment.
The Spin Studio has 20 participant bikes in stadium seating, and it boasts a drop down screen and an audio/visual system with black lights. Also included is a rock wall, two large spaces for group exercise, and a yoga and Pilates studio equipped with reformer tables.
Other spaces include a juice bar, a retail store, offices, and a conference room.