April 1, 2022

Two CannonDesign Projects Receive NIRSA Outstanding Facilities Award

We are thrilled to share the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) has recognized both the Elizabethtown College Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well-Being and The College of Holy Cross Joanne Chouinard-Luth Recreation and Wellness Center as 2022 NIRSA Outstanding Facilities.

Each year, NIRSA recognizes the innovative designs of new, renovated, or expanded collegiate recreational facilities. Facilities that win this award consistently demonstrate how design can amplify collegiate recreation on campuses and across a college or university population.

“This is a proud moment for our team and both Elizabethtown College and The College of Holy Cross,” said Colleen McKenna, Director of our Sports, Recreation and Wellness practice. “We work every day to find new ways for our recreation spaces to engage students, to be more inclusive, to embrace every dimension of health and wellness, and these awards are a testament to that commitment.”

Here is a bit more information about each of this year’s NIRSA Outstanding Facilities.

Elizabethtown College Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness, and Well-Being
An absolute game-changing project for Elizabethtown College and its students and employees, the Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well-Being is an incredible beacon for student health and wellness on campus.  Prior to its opening, most students had to travel off campus to find recreation and wellness opportunities. The Bowers Center has filled a critical campus need.

The multidimensional Bowers Center is the largest building on campus and expands upon Etown’s proud history and commitment to student wellness. The center equips the college to ensure students flourish on campus and then graduate ready to live healthy, meaningful lives long into the future.

The College of Holy Cross’ Joanne Chouinard-Luth Recreation and Wellness Center
The 52,000 sf-building, respectfully known as “The Jo,” is a state-of-the-art hub for collegiate recreation, wellness and intramural sports. Throughout its three floors, The Jo offers a wide range of fitness and wellness spaces, including sports courts, weight rooms, a golf simulator, yoga rooms, cycling and fitness, and a jogging track.

The new recreation center replaces a 1947 space known as the Field House, which is historically known for hosting major events from commencement ceremonies to a memorable speech from Martin Luther King, Jr when he visited the campus in the ‘60s.

These two awards build on a long legacy of remarkable sports, recreation and wellness design from our team. Since 2013, we’ve designed 12+ NIRSA Outstanding Facilities and numerous Athletic Business Facilities of Merit.