Transforming USI’s Athletics Program Through Architecture

University of Southern Indiana, Natatorium and Physical Activities Center, Evansville, IN

The final phase of a multi-step effort to bolster athletics resources at University of Southern Indiana’s (USI) campus, the Natatorium and expansion to of the Physical Activities Center (PAC) is a dynamic entry on campus.

Sitting just to the South of USI’s Screaming Eagles Arena, the Natatorium is a visual beacon.  The pool sits below ground level and incorporates upper-deck window which allow a birds-eye views of the pool. While the lighting adds vibrancy to the room, it’s also positioned where swimmers will be spared of sun glares.

The updated PAC – which connects Screaming Eagles Arena – reimagines a formerly “concrete building” and expands it 40,000 sf. Key features, include:

  • Large weight room with stunning views of the surrounding campus
  • Locker rooms for all athletic programs
  • 8 classrooms
  • Open-lounge study space
  • Kinesiology lab & offices
  • Coach/staff offices /lounge
  • Batting cages
  • Training room

Collectively, these new buildings strengthen USI’s pursuit to advance to Division 1 Athletics in the coming years.