North Idaho College

Coeur d’Alene,

Recreation Center Preliminary Assessment, Financial Analysis, And Referendum Support

In 2004 the Associated Students of North Idaho College retained B&D to conduct a preliminary assessment on the feasibility of building a new campus recreational facility. We conducted interviews with administrative staff to define project goals, and focus groups with staff and students to understand existing conditions and future demand. We developed a competitive context analysis, constructed a programmatic analysis, and provided a financial analysis to determine feasibility. Our results revealed a lack of adequate indoor space for recreation and fitness or informal recreation. We provided three options in response to the college’s needs: (1) provide a basic facility to include weight and fitness equipment and multipurpose rooms; (2) provide everything in option one plus a gym and rock-climbing wall; and (3) provide everything in option two plus a natatorium, a jogging track, racquetball courts, a sauna, and a whirlpool. A student vote ensued and a majority favored option two. We were then asked to develop a detailed financial model for that option to determine the student fee needed to support the development.