• Pool Type Indoor Leisure
  • Project Type Universities
  • Project Service Design Services
  • StatusCompleted 2007
  • ArchitectCannon Design


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University of Maine – Student Recreation and Fitness Center

Orono, ME

The largest project ever undertaken by the University of Maine, the new 88,000 sq. ft. Student Recreation and Fitness Center, designed by Cannon Design, is centrally located on the University of Maine’s campus. While the center strikes a harmonious balance with its natural outdoor surroundings, Counsilman-Hunsaker, the lead aquatic designer, designed an indoor leisure pool to complement the lodge-type natatorium, overlooking the rustic beauty of New England.

Features of the 3,760 sq. ft. state-of-the-art recreation pool include:

  • 3,531 sq. ft. leisure pool with ADA-accessible zero-depth entry
  • Fitness lap lanes
  • 220 sq. ft. whirlpool spa and sauna
  • Vortex
  • Water spray features
  • Other fitness spaces of the two-level facility include:
  • Three basketball courts
  • Multi-purpose court with rounded corners
  • Elevated jogging track
  • Two racquetball courts, one can be converted to a squash court
  • Three fitness studios
  • Administrative office suite

The University of Maine achieved the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification for energy efficient design.

Design Awards:

  • 2009 – ‘Award for Design Excellence’ – Boston Society of Architects (BSA) Honor Awards
  • 2008 – ‘Facilities of Merit’ Award – Athletic Business magazine
  • 2008 – ‘Outstanding Sports Facilities’ Award – National Intramural Recreational – Sports Association (NIRSA)
  • 2008 – American School & University – Citation (Post-Secondary Category)
  • 2008 – ‘Design Award of Honor’ – Society of American Registered Architects (SARA)
  • 2009 – BSA – Design Excellence Award
  • 2009 – AIA New England – Excellence in Architecture Award (Special Mention)