Mar 26, 2012
 

Recreation Management cites USD Wellness Center for outstanding innovation, architecture

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Wellness Center has been selected as a winner in the 2012 Innovative Architecture & Design Awards contest by Recreation Management magazine.
 

Recreation Management, the number one fitness, sports and recreation information resource for recreation, sports and facility managers, names the USD Wellness Center in its 10th annual Innovative Architecture & Design Awards. Featured in the magazine’s May 2012 issue, the Wellness Center scores its highest marks based on its appearance from the outside and the originality of the design. The magazine praises the facility’s “use of materials” and declares that “the dramatic and welcoming entrance invites students to come inside and have some fun.” The abundance of natural light and skillful use of materials, color and details are also highlights of the building’s overall design, according to Recreation Management.

“This is great recognition for an outstanding facility,” said Jeff Baylor, vice president of marketing, enrollment and student services. “The Wellness Center deserves praise for its unique and innovative design, but also for its impact on student success and for contributing to a healthy and vibrant community.”

Designed by RDG Planning & Design out of Des Moines, Iowa, and built by the Henry Carlson Company of Sioux Falls, S.D., the 61,000 square-foot Wellness Center opened Jan. 17, 2011 and serves as a recreation hub for USD students and the city of Vermillion. The Wellness Center, completed at a cost of $15 million, is home to USD intramural sports, and features racquetball courts, courts for basketball and volleyball, a climbing wall that stands 38-feet tall, and fitness studios for aerobics, Pilates and yoga. State-of-the-art workout equipment includes everything from exercise bicycles and elliptical machines to a large weight room filled with treadmills and strength training equipment. For more information, please visit www.usd.edu/wellness or find the Wellness Center on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/USD-Wellness-Center/166979813383666.

 
About The University of South Dakota
 
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,200 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at www.usd.edu/press/news.

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