USA Today has published a round-up of 51 amazing university and college buildings from across the USA that features Missouri State University’s Bill R. Foster & Family Recreation Center as the No. 1 must-see building in Missouri. Our team is thrilled to have worked on this signature, award-winning project for the university.
The Bill R. Foster & Family Recreation Center unites two major campus precincts thanks to a unique design allowing the passerby to experience program activities without entering the facility. The building is conceived as a crystalline geode with the stone shell – referencing the historic stone buildings that define the campus – cut away to reveal a cool metal and glass interior, exposing the vibrancy of student life and recreation. This unique “cut” creates a dynamic three-dimensional space while still allowing pedestrian circulation to flow freely across campus. This design unites the campus and also creates a new symbol for health and wellness on campus.
The project has received numerous awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) and been published by leading media including the New York Times, Campus Rec Magazine and Athletic Business.