Student Recreation Center

Athletic Business Honors the SRC Design

November 29, 2012

Northridge—The Student Recreation Center (SRC) was honored in Sept. 2012 by the Athletic Business publication-sponsored Architectural Showcase. Athletic Business is an internationally recognized multimedia brand within the sports, health and wellness industry. Its audience includes stadiums and arenas, health clubs, professional sports teams and colleges and universities.                                                                                                                                            

“I was excited to hear that the SRC was honored with this accolade from such a reputable publication and organization,” said Jimmy Francis, the Director of the SRC. “Architectural design firm LPA Inc., the project team from California State University, Northridge (CSUN)  and the USU did an amazing job creating a distinctive facility.”

The SRC was nominated in June as one of ten sports facilities in the Architectural Showcase and received a Facility of Merit Award.

According to Athletic, this award is given to facilities based on their plan of efficiency, functional relationships and measures taken to maximize the use of the space, relationship of building to site, and cost of construction for value received.

“This is a bold and graphic building with a clear, integrated design approach to the exterior and interior expression,” said Jim Kalvelage, Athletic Business Architectural Showcase Judge from Opsis Architecture. “Cloaked in a metal sunscreen veil, the facility transforms from opaque to illuminated at night. This project presents a fresh and exciting contemporary model for today’s student recreation center.”

The SRC was designed by LPA, Inc. Architectural design firm located in Irvine, CA. LPA Inc., has more than 40 years of experience with the complete design of a variety of facilities and sustainability design projects. Funded by student fees, approximate cost of the SRC was $62.4 million and took three years to complete.

“The Student Recreation Center (SRC) is designed and constructed to let people see what’s taking place inside,” said Glen Carels, LPA, Inc. lead designer and architect for the SRC.  “With nearly 4,000 visitors per day the center is not only large in scale but in amount of programs it accommodates.”

All award winners will be recognized in the December issue of Athletic Business and honored at their annual Athletic Business Conference and Expo in New Orleans in Nov. 2012.

The SRC opened in spring 2012 as CSUN’s new exercise and leisure activities facility. Its purpose is to promote health and wellness along with being an environmentally friendly building. The SRC contains  two activity courts for multiple sports, three different fitness zones equipped with a variety of equipment, an indoor jogging track, rock climbing wall and the upcoming outdoor artificial turf field will open Spring 2013.

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