• Pool Type Outdoor Leisure
  • Project Type Universities
  • Project Service Design Services
  • StatusCompleted 2007
  • ArchitectF&S Partners


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Stephen F. Austin State University – Student Recreation Center

Nacogdoches, TX

In a 2004 campus referendum, Stephen F. Austin University students approved a fee to construct a recreation center. Leaders at the university subsequently built a center to house the Campus Recreation Department, aquatics, safety camps, fitness/wellness, intramural sports, and member services The resulting design takes advantage of the site’s sloping terrain and sweeping views of beautiful pine trees. Counsilman-Hunsaker, in association with F&S Partners, was commissioned to design a state-of-the-art aquatic facility on the existing outdoor courtyard grounds. The stunning pool complements the brick exterior with resort-style rockscaping and tumbling water.

  • 6,900 sq. ft. Outdoor Leisure Pool
  • 270 ft. lazy river
  • 12 ft. deep diving pool
  • 485 sq. ft. 30 person spa
  • Three lap lanes

Play area for water basketball and volleyball
The aquatic facility offers CPR and lifeguard certification and sponsors dive-in movies, beach-ball dodgeball, and lifeguard races.

Design Awards and Publications:

  • 2009 – ‘Architectural Showcase’ – Athletic Business magazine
  • 2009 – ‘Outstanding Sports Facilities’ Award – National Intramural Recreational – Sports Association (NIRSA)
  • 2008 – ‘Innovative Architecture & Design’ Award – Recreational Management magazine
  • 2008 – ‘Building of America’ Award – The Texas Real Estate & – Construction Review magazine