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Missouri State University – Hutchens Family Aquatic Center – Springfield

Springfield, MO

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Missouri State University (MSU) wanted to give students a hub for recreational and social activities while attracting new students. In 2008, the university commissioned Counsilman-Hunsaker, in association with Cannon Design, to design the 100,000 sq. ft. Foster Recreation Center. Completed in September 2012, the center contains an indoor jogging track, multipurpose rooms, locker rooms, saunas, basketball courts, an expansive fitness center, rock-climbing and bouldering walls, multi-purpose activity courts, lounge areas, a wellness center, and an indoor aquatic center.

 Design Awards and Publications:

2015 - ‘Architectural Showcase’ Athletic Business magazine

2014 - ‘Outstanding Sports Facilities’ Award National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA)

2014 - AIA Honor Award, Springfield Chapter

2014 - AIA Innovation Award, Springfield Chapter

2014 - AIA Public Recognition Award, Springfield Chapter

2014 - AIA Honor Award, St. Louis Chapter

2013 - ‘Innovative Architecture & Design’ Award Recreation Management magazine

2013 - Excellence Award, Cast Stone Institute Commercial

2011 - AIA Honor Award, Unbuilt, St. Louis Chapter

2011 - AIA Merit Award, Unbuilt, Central States Region

Outstanding Sports Facilities Award

National Intramural Recreational Sports Association

2014

AIA Honor Award

St. Louis Chapter

2014

AIA Innovation Award

Springfield Chapter

2014

Pool Type

Indoor Leisure

Project Type

LEED

Project Service

Design Services

Status

Completed 2012

Architect

Cannon Design

Project Amenities

The MSU achieved the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification for energy efficient design. Highlights of MSU’s green initiatives include: include sensors to control lighting and temperature, and extra windows and skylights to reduce the need for electric lights.

7,000 sq. ft. Recreational Pool

Three 25-yard lap lanes

Underwater bench seating with 12 hydrotherapy jets

ADA accessible ramp and stair entry

Current channel

Open water area for basketball, volleyball, and Hydro Power classes

Zip line

13 spray features with LED lighting

160 sq. ft. 16 person spa

ADA transfer wall allowing persons with disabilities to enter from a wheel chair onto the raised edge of the spa wall

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