The Wellness and Recreation Center was slated for construction on the southeast portion of DSU’s Memorial Hall. The two-story facility consists of 72,000 square feet of new and renovated space including activity areas, court gymnasiums, fitness and weight training areas, multi-purpose rooms, an elevated track, locker rooms, lounges, and administrative and program support spaces. A highlight of the new complex is a 14,000 square-foot, state-of-the art Strength and Conditioning Facility. The two-story addition includes weight training rooms, conditioning area, lockers, laundry, and offices for coaches. Yet another phase of the university’s construction plan was the custom designed swimming pool which adjoins the Wellness Center. The pool hosts both organized and recreational swimmers and has complete handicap access.
Kohler Ronan provided extensive Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection designs for all the interconnected Wellness Center buildings. A central plant for boilers and domestic water heaters was designed for the complex as this would best serve the space. Likewise, it was proposed that air distribution throughout the facility be made more aesthetically pleasing via the use of exposed fabric ductwork. Our engineers’ work was coordinated closely with the university’s facilities department and the municipal authorities as necessary.