University of Idaho

Moscow,

Recreation Center Feasibility Analysis, Referendum Support, Business Plan, And Design Review

In 1997 the University of Idaho retained B&D to study the feasibility of building a new student recreation center and support its effort to hold the student referendum necessary to secure funding. Recreation facilities at the university did not provide sufficient space for a comprehensive sports program or a wide range of unstructured recreational activities. We were tasked to determine the gap between potential demand and available facilities, and our scope of work included a review of existing facilities and a financial analysis to determine the feasibility of the architectural program needed to satisfy any unmet demand. We supported the student committee with its planning for a referendum on a fee increase. The students were highly motivated by the idea of having the tallest indoor climbing wall on a college campus, and in 1997 they overwhelmingly supported increasing their fees to help realize the facility improvements. We worked with the design team on details of the program document and other business planning and design issues. As a result, the 85,000 SF, $17 million Student Recreation Center opened in 2002. We were later retained to work with the university on Phase ll of the plan.

WSU REGENTS OK BOND SALE FOR STUDENT REC CENTER

Washington State University regents approved the sale of up to $ 48 million in bonds Wednesday for a state-of-the art student recreation center.

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REC MECCAS

It’s a Monday night at Washington State University’s student-owned Olympic gym, where students have to wait for someone to leave before they can pick up a barbell.

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UI STUDENTS DON’T BREAK A SWEAT IN OKING REC CENTER

University of Idaho students want recreation, and they’re willing to dig into their own pockets to pay for it.

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