West Virginia University / City of Morgantown


Student Recreation Center Feasibility Analysis, Referendum Support, Program Of Architectural Requirements, Business Plan, And Design-Build Selection Support

In 1996 West Virginia University and the City of Morgantown approached B&D to examine the feasibility of a joint venture between the two groups to provide a new recreation center on the Evansdale campus. We were contracted to provide the university and the community with a comprehensive study and referendum support services for the construction of the center. Our work included an analysis of campus and community demographics, identification of various financing opportunities, development of a facility concept, creation of a detailed financial model, and referendum support once the project was determined to be financially viable. Upon completing the study, we determined the scope of the project, the extent and nature of shared usage with the local community, the potential impact on the private health club market, financial parameters, and next steps required to move it forward. As a result of the coordinated efforts, the referendum required to finance the project was passed by the student body, and the Board of Trustees voted to move forward with the project. We were then retained as consultants for a range of implementation phase services for the proposed student recreation center. We completed a detailed program of architectural requirements, assisted with the architectural and construction management firm selection process, developed a detailed business plan for the proposed facility, and assisted with the passage of a student referendum. In addition, we conducted design reviews and identified opportunities for both operational and capital cost savings, along with specifying the FF&E for the new facility. The $34 million, 177,000 SF student recreation center opened in 2001 and won a 2002 NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facility award.