Positioned at the northeast corner of the campus, the 127,000 S.F. Health, Kinesiology and Physical Education Center is the focal point of a newly created entrance to the University of Texas, Tyler.
The HKPE houses the Kinesiology Department offices and conference area, as well as labs, a 70-seat auditorium, classrooms, gymnasium, a sports center for both intramural and competitive sports and a convocation center to house large groups such as graduation and seminar rooms. Also constructed was the Jim and Bonna Bess Vaugh Recreation and Therapy Pool designed by Counsilman Hunsaker in association with Hastings and Chivetta Architects.
The 4,230-square-foot outdoor leisure pool and spa is the center of student recreation and also a tool for kinesiology research. Some of the pool's features include zero grade beach entry, two-lane lap pool, bubble couch, ADA accessible chair for pool entry, vortex pool area and hot tub.