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


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In October 2012, Purdue University dedicated the five-level France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center, named for the university’s president who served from 2007 to 2012.

The newly renovated 338,000 sq. ft. recreation center was designed with three glass additions which open up the existing building creating a light-filled atrium. The expanded facility effectively re-uses existing structures and spaces while adding 142,000 sq. ft. of new program space to meet the fitness, wellness and recreation needs of the students. New additions include an aquatic center, a climbing wall, a running track, racquetball courts, and five gyms used for various sports such as hockey, soccer, badminton, volleyball and basketball.

Features of the aquatic center include:

3,600 sq. ft. Recreational Pool

  • Waterfall
  • Vortex
  • Water basketball and volleyball
  • Three fitness lap lanes
  • Open play area
  • Hydrotherapy bench
  • 4 ft. 6 in. maximum depth
  • 250 sq. ft. whirlpool spa with hydrotherapy bench

The Recreational Sports Center is pursuing the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification for energy efficient design.

Design Awards and Publications:

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

2014 – ‘Facilities of Merit’ Award Athletic Business magazine