Northridge—The Student Recreation Center (SRC) was honored for its design by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Diego Design and Vision Awards. The Awards Honoree reception was held on Oct. 5, 2012 at the Energy Innovations Center in San Diego, CA.
“I was thrilled to hear that the SRC won this outstanding award,” said Jimmy Francis, Interim Associate 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 balancing function, form and sustainability in the design and construction of the facility,” said Francis.
The SRC received two citation awards, which recognize distinctive aspects of elements, design, and demonstrate noteworthy architectural skill or vision. The two awards were in the Regular-builtcategory, which is a competition for all of the entries that were submitted, and the Committee on the Environment- San Diego (COTE—SD)a special category that recognizes the beauty of sustainable architecture that integrates with the physical and cultural environment.
Katelyn Sellers, a member services assistant at the SRC, was excited when she found out about the awards. “I think it’s so great that the SRC won this award,” said Sellers “It makes CSUN look amazing, especially because the SRC has made efforts to be environmentally friendly.”
Some of the SRC building features include the usage of solar tubes, waterless urinals and HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning system). The organization included various sustainable features with the goal to achieve (The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design System) gold status which, is an international rating method that provides standards for environmentally conscious buildings and facilities.
“I have had a chance to visit numerous campus recreation facilities throughout my career,” said Francis. “The SRC ranks among the best in regards to interesting design features and green building initiatives.”
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 an outdoor artificial turf field will open in January 2013.