James Madison University – Student Recreation Center

Harrisburg, VA


In 2015, James Madison University completed a significant addition and renovation to their University Recreation Center. The original recreation center opened in 1996 and was designed to accommodate 12,500 students. With current enrollment approaching 20,000, space is at a premium, and the existing facility was not able to serve the entire student population.

Photos courtesy of Sam Fentress Photography



2017 - ‘Architectural Showcase’ Athletic Business magazine

Outstanding Sports Facility Award



Pool Type

Indoor Leisure

Project Type

University Campus Rec

Project Service

Design Services


Completed 2016


Moseley Architects

Project Amenities

The 157,000 sq. ft. renovation/addition includes a natatorium with a leisure pool and a spa. The new spa is four times larger than the one it replaced and features a rock wall and a waterfall.

The new facility also contains the following recreational components: two new MAC courts that can accommodate two full-sized basketball courts; a four lane running track; wellness suite; expanded UREC administrative offices; faculty and staff locker rooms; fitness and weight training space; outdoor adventure sports area with climbing wall; and support spaces.

LEED Silver certification is being pursued for the addition. Sustainable efforts include recycling the lower turf, reusing field lighting in other university locations, reusing soils and natural resources, and extensive use of natural light.

3,000 sq. ft. sq. ft. Leisure Pool

Water basketball

Water volleyball

Two lap lanes

Current channel

Stair entry

Hydrotherapy bench

Waterfall features

400 sq. ft. Spa

Hydrotherapy bench

Stair entry


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