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St. Edward’s University Recreation and Athletic Center addition adds 12,400 sf to existing athletic center

Specht Architects designed the project.

August 06, 2019 |
The new addition to St. Edwards athletic center

Courtesy Specht Architects

The new 12,400-sf addition to the St. Edwards University Recreation and Athletic Center takes the original 1980s building and incorporates it into the campus as a whole.

The addition wraps around the campus-facing side of the structure and houses a new fitness center, a studio for yoga and other activities, and a wellness/meditation center. Part of the addition extends toward the heart of the campus and incorporates outdoor “stadium type” seating that faces a new plaza for performances and presentations. The plaza is a new pedestrian-oriented active space built on a former parking lot.


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Designed as a glass cube that floats above the entry plaza, the yoga studio space will be the focal point of the new facility. Activities taking place within the studio will be visible to those below, and it will also turn a previously dark and under-occupied corner of the campus into an inviting space.

The new Recreation and Athletic Center spaces will be for use by the entire student body, not just the school’s athletes. The project is slated for completion in December 2019.

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