Missouri State University (MSU) wanted to give students a hub for recreational and social activities while attracting new students. In 2008, the university commissioned Counsilman-Hunsaker, in association with Cannon Design, to design the 100,000 sq. ft. Foster Recreation Center. Completed in September 2012, the center contains an indoor jogging track, multipurpose rooms, locker rooms, saunas, basketball courts, an expansive fitness center, rock-climbing and bouldering walls, multi-purpose activity courts, lounge areas, a wellness center, and an indoor aquatic center.
The 11,300 sq. ft. Hutchens Family Aquatic Center offers:
7,000 sq. ft. Recreational Pool
- Three 25-yard lap lanes
- Underwater bench seating with 12 hydrotherapy jets
- ADA accessible ramp and stair entry
- Current channel
- Open water area for basketball, volleyball, and Hydro Power classes
- Zip line
- 13 spray features with LED lighting
160 sq. ft. 16 person spa
- ADA transfer wall allowing persons with disabilities to enter from a wheel chair onto the raised edge of the spa wall
MSU will be pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. Some of the green building features include sensors to control lighting and temperature, and extra windows and skylights to reduce the need for electric lights.
Design Awards and Publications:
2014 – ‘Outstanding Sports Facilities’ Award National Intramural Recreational
Sports Association (NIRSA) 2013 – ‘Architectural Showcase’ Athletic Business magazine