Washington State University


Recreation Center Feasibility Analysis, Referendum Support, Program Of Architectural Requirements, Architect Selection, And Business Plan

In 1997 Washington State University approached B&D to examine the feasibility of building a new student recreation center on its campus. We were contracted to provide a comprehensive feasibility study and referendum support services for this proposed project, and our work included: an analysis of campus demand for recreational activities; testing of student financial support for improved facilities; a competitive analysis of other institutions; the development of an outline program; and the creation of a detailed financial model that illustrated the circumstances under which total project costs balanced with the project’s debt capacity. Upon completing the study, we determined there was a need for such a facility and proceeded to advise the university on more specific aspects of the project, such as site selection, determining interest in the building, developing a financing plan, identifying program elements, and supporting a student referendum in order to secure adequate funding. The students overwhelmingly supported a fee of $100 per semester to construct this new recreation center. We were then retained as consultants for a range of pre-implementation services which included the development of a detailed program of architectural requirements, a comprehensive business plan, and the selection of an architectural team. When it opened in 2001, the 160,000 SF recreation center was the largest of its kind in the U.S. The $39 million facility includes an elevated indoor track, basketball and racquetball courts, sand volleyball courts, a weight room, and a ropes course. Its awards have included: Facility of Merit (Athletic Business, 2001); Award of Excellence (Washington Recreation & Park Association 2001); Facility of the Month (School Construction News, 2001); Illumination Design Award (Engineering Society of North America, 2001); Outstanding Indoor Sports Facility (NIRSA, 2002 ; Architects: Yost Grube Hall / Cannon Design).


The Washington State University Recreation Center represents a new generation of college athletic facilities, those that function as a second student union.


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


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.