• Pool Type Indoor 25-Yard, Indoor Leisure
  • Project Type Universities
  • Project Service Design Services
  • StatusCompleted 2012
  • ArchitectMenefee + Winer


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Georgia College and State University retained Counsilman-Hunsaker, in association with Cannon Design and Menefee + Winer, to design the new $28.2 million Wellness Center located on the West Campus. The 120,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art “green” athletic complex houses student health, counseling and recreation services in one location as a holistic approach to address the health of students and enhance the college experience. The Center features a natatorium, indoor track, state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment, group fitness room, climbing wall, two-court gym, and a multipurpose court for volleyball, indoor soccer, in-line skating, and floor hockey.

Features of the aquatic center include:

4,500 sq. ft. Competition Pool

  • Eight lane 25-yard pool
  • Climbing walls
  • Water basketball
  • Water polo
  • One and three-meter springboard diving
  • 1,000 sq. ft. Leisure Pool
  • Current channel
  • Underwater therapy bench
  • Waterspray and massage jets

The project team employed many sustainable building design strategies including energy-efficient mechanical systems, day-lighting, high-performance glazing and heavily fritted glass, exterior sun-control devices, bio-retention storm water management, recyclable materials and a “super insulated” roof and envelope. In addition an all-white high albedo roof membrane is used to reflect heat gain at the roof. The building achieved LEED Silver certification and serves as a “gateway” building at the campus’s west edge.  The engaging facility thrives as a recreation and wellness center for the entire community.