Ohio State University, The

Columbus,

Recreation And Athletic Feasibility Analysis

As part of The Ohio State University’s “commitment to excellence,” it commissioned B&D to provide a recreation and athletic facilities study in 1996. Our work entailed: measuring the university’s facilities against those at comparable universities and local sites; an analysis of the user market; interviews, focus groups, and surveys; and building a demand-based model to determine space requirements and utilization schedules. The resulting program document served as a roadmap for the construction of the $117.6 million, 568,000 SF Recreation and Physical Activity Center which was completed in 2005, and for the adaptive reuse of a number of other campus facilities. The Center project received a Facility of Merit award from Athletic Business magazine, an Innovative Architecture & Design award from Recreation Management magazine, a NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facility award, and an Outstanding Design award from School Planning & Management magazine.

THE GOOD LIFE

Many schools have spent millions of dollars to create recreation spaces with lavish touches that are appealing enough to satisfy existing students and lure potential ones.

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