• Pool Type Indoor Leisure
  • Project Type Universities
  • Project Service Design Services
  • StatusCompleted 2012
  • ArchitectCannon Design


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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.

The 11,300 sq. ft. Hutchens Family Aquatic Center offers:

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



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.

 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