Campus Rec Magazine has published a new piece on the University of California Riverside (UCR) student recreation center and how it has helped the university realize a 68% increase in overall recreation usage and participation rates. This means the building has achieved the goal of encouraging more students to use the space, engage with peers and work to be healthy each day.
The full article can be read online. Below is a brief excerpt about the value of the building’s strong architectural design.
Create a Campus Icon
From the outset, UCR made it clear to CannonDesign they not only wanted to expand their recreation offerings, but also create a campus icon that breeds connections. Lindy Fenex and his team believed strong architecture plays a role in helping recruit and retain students.
“We believed for our recreation center to be as valuable as it could be to our campus and university, it needed to stand out architecturally. It needed to be a building people want to visit, walk by, engage with,” added Fenex. “That’s proved successful as the building has become the ‘talk of the town’ on campus and it’s one of the most popular places for us to bring visitors and potential UCR students.”