UNC Charlotte – University Recreation Center

Charlotte, NC


One of the University of North Carolina (UNC) Charlotte’s core values focuses on helping students lead healthy lives. Opened in January 2020, UNC Charlotte’s new University Recreation Center (UREC) is tangible evidence of the university’s commitment to its students’ health and wellness.


'Outstanding Sports Facilities’ Award National Intramural Sports Association (NIRSA)



Pool Type

Indoor 25 Yard

Outdoor Leisure

Project Type

University Campus Rec

Project Service

Design Services

Most Recent Project

Completed 2020


Jenkins Peer Architects

Project Amenities

Responding to growing student enrollment and demand for recreation, the 151, 000 sq. ft. building offers a wide variety of recreation opportunities thanks to a recreation pool, four multi-purpose courts, group fitness studios, a cycling studio, an elevated running/walking track, and space for cardiovascular and weight training. Outdoor amenities include three outdoor terraces with views of the campus, an outdoor pool, as well as basketball, pickleball and sand volleyball courts.


Photos courtesy of Sean Busher Imagery



  6,150 sq. ft. Indoor Recreation Pool

Four 25-yard lap lanes

Maximum depth of 5 ft.

ADA ramp entry

Stair entry


Two Hydrotherapy benches

Current channel

Two water basketball goals

Water volleyball

Various spray features

4,000 sq. ft. Outdoor Recreation Pool

Leisure space with in-water lounge chairs

Zero entry

ADA ramp entry

Two stair entries

Underwater shelf

Three underwater benches

Water volleyball

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