California State University, Northridge

Northridge,

Campus Recreation Center Feasibility Study, Feasibility Study Update, And Referendum Support

California State University, Northridge had grown to over 27,000 students and was in need of consulting services for a proposed new recreation center on its main campus. The university had a small fitness center at the student union, but that had grown so popular that size constraints could not accommodate the significant number of memberships. In 2000, and again in 2006, it selected B&D to submit recommendations for this project, and our services included a market analysis, interviews with building users, a defining outline of requirements, a projection of acceptable fee levels, and a consensus-building among the various campus authorities. We studied various options and determined the student union was the optimal source for financing, which would require a student referendum on a fee increase. With our assistance, the referendum was held and passed, with support from 59% of students. The 138,000 SF, $62.3 million Student Recreation Center opened in 2012 with basketball and volleyball courts, a multi-activity court for indoor hockey and soccer, a rock climbing wall, multi-purpose rooms, an indoor jogging track, weight and fitness space, child care services, and an outdoor pool. The Center earned a Facility of Merit award from Athletic Business magazine in 2012 and also earned LEED Gold certification. The building also received an Outstanding Sports Facility Award from NIRSA in 2013.

REC*OGNIZE YOUR CHOICE, MAKING YOUR REFERENDUM WORK

Presented by Jeff Turner, Bryanne Knight, and Debra L. Hammond at the 2009 NIRSA Conference.

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