Cleveland State University


Recreation Center And Student Center Feasibility Analysis And Referendum Support

In 2003 Cleveland State University intended to increase opportunities for student involvement on campus and to add a significant recreation component to its physical education and athletics programs. The university enlisted B&D’s help to provide a plan for improvements to its University Center and the Physical Education Building. We were selected to produce a detailed market analysis, financial analysis, and program concept development to a proposed student fee referendum. We conducted interviews with various departments and user groups, held focus groups, and sent a Web-based survey. We found that the existing facilities were inadequate to fulfill the university’s goals and vision for the future. This would become more acute as the campus enrollment grew as expected. We coordinated with two architectural firms on the expansion of these two facilities and in 2006, the $29.8 million, 130,000 SF Recreation Center opened. It received a NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facility award, a Facility of Merit award from Athletic Business magazine, and LEED certification. Then in the fall of 2010 the $44 million, 120,000 SF Student Center opened.


Presented by Kim Martin and Jen Zirkle at the 2008 NIRSA Conference.