CSU–Pueblo new Student Recreation Center earns design award

Colorado State University-Pueblo’s new Student Recreation Center earned a Bronze Hard Hat Award as one of the Best Colorado Projects of 2008 by Colorado Construction. Other awardees included Colorado College’s Cornerstone Arts Center by Mortenson Construction (Gold Hard Hat), Steamboat Springs Strings in the Mountains by KL&A (Silver Hard Hat), and Lundvall Office Building in Greeley (Bronze Hard Hat).

The design for the new Student Recreation Center at CSU –Pueblo by Christopher Carvell Architects responded to setbacks from the campus loop road, the need to create an arrival plaza, and the creation of a transparent, two-story main entry overlooking the campus with views to the Spanish Peaks. Judging was done by a panel of industry experts, based on design quality and innovation, craftsmanship, the project’s contribution to the community and the industry, solution of unique design and construction challenges, and overall excellence. View photos of the winning designs at http://colorado.construction.com/

The 43,000-sq-ft, two-story building, which opened in late August, adjoins the existing Health Physical Education and Recreation spectator complex to the north, allowing shared use of the natatorium, racquetball courts, training/rehab and new climbing wall. It occupies a key south-facing transitional site on the eastern edge of the main campus, situated between an administration building and the student union.

According to Colorado Construction, “The triple height volume of the atrium enables visitors to feel the energy, activity, and community at a glance, from one central space that connects all programs.”

In addition to indoor intramural programs, club sports and physical conditioning, the recreation center provides a health, wellness and nutrition suite; lounge/cafe with exterior terrace; an Outdoor Pursuits area and equipment rental checkout facilities.

Community memberships are still available by calling Jack Krider, CSU-Pueblo Student Recreation Center Director, at 719-549-2067.

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