Fast Company has published Colleen McKenna’s piece focused on the myriad benefits of wellness centers for universities and their students. The piece, “Welcome to the Newest Part of the College Campus: The Wellness Center,” documents CannonDesign’s work at Spelman College, the University of Colorado Denver and Northern Arizona University to blend recreation, athletics, health & nutrition, counseling and wellness into singular dynamic facilities.

As McKenna notes, “These facilities are a powerful demonstration of an institution’s commitment to their health and wellness mission, and a priceless educational tool to help students to prepare themselves for a long and healthy lifestyle.”

The piece also looks at the specific universities and their resulting facilities that blend traditional recreational components with demonstration kitchens, green roofs and vegetable gardens, classrooms for wellness learning, counseling space and perhaps even a grocery lab.