The National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association grants the OSF awards for creative, innovative designs of new, renovated or expanded collegiate recreational facilities. Each winner is considered a standard or model by which other collegiate recreational facilities should be measured, and from which others can benefit. Judges evaluate each facility for its architectural design, functionality and how well it meets its intended purpose.
"This award points out what a great place MSU is," said Steve Erickson, director of recreational sports and fitness. "The new facility was designed to remedy the existing problems, provide additional services and programs, and become a campus icon that will help recruit and retain students--a goal of the Montana University System."
The 166,000-square foot Fitness Center was conceptualized in 2005 when students approved a fee to update and improve the facilities. Renovation and construction was completed in January of 2008. The project increased much needed fitness space including 14,000-square feet for weights and cardio and three group fitness rooms.
Users of the newly renovated Fitness Center enter into an airy lobby complete with a homey fireplace. Dramatic pieces of iron surround the building complementing the multi-toned brick walls.
"There is an old-fashioned feel in a modern facility," said Erickson. "The building is full of character and highly functional in a way that the old facility wasn't."
The architect of record for the facility is Dowling Sandholm Architects and the lighting consultant is DeCunzo Design Associates.
The award will be presented at the 2010 NIRSA Annual Conference and Recreational Sports Expo in Anaheim, Calif. on April 23.
Photos of the facilty can be viewed at http://www.montana.edu/wwwimrec/hosaeusfitnesscenter.html.
Steve Erickson at 406-994-6311 or firstname.lastname@example.org