Recreation and Fitness Center

2020 NIRSA Indoor Outstanding Sports Facilities Award Application

The following information completes the application for the 2020 NIRSA Indoor Outstanding Sports Facilities Award.  Photographs, executive summary, and blueprints/renderings can be found below and by using the left navigation.

The Recreation and Fitness Center won the Associated Builders and Contractor’s top award for an “Institutional Project over $10M” to be presented on December 5, 2019.

Selected Photos

  • building exterior


    View from Highway 21

  • building exterior


    View from the North East

  • building exterior


    Windows showcase features and activities inside

  • building exterior


    Direct view of main entrance

  • building exterior


    Pedestrian paths connect the building to campus

  • main entrance and welcome desk

    Main entrance

    Custom branding welcomes students

  • students working out in fitness studio

    Studio 1

    A multi-purpose space for a variety of fitness formats and events

  • fitness studio with spin bikes

    Studio 1

    Set for spin

  • weight lifting equipment

    Main Strength Area

    Free weights and plate loaded equipment

  • fitness studio

    Studio 2

    A multi-purpose studio adjacent to strength room

  • students sitting outside the adventure recreation center

    Adventure Recreation Center

    Graphics feature map of local outdoor attractions

  • indoor pool

    Indoor Pool

    Features lap lanes, leisure area, vortex and separate whirlpool

  • the indoor and outdoor pools at the Rec Center

    Indoor and Outdoor Pools

    Incorporate leisure and lap swimming with vortex

  • outdoor pool

    Outdoor Pool

    With adjacent bathhouse

  • outdoor patio


    features seating, fire pit and bocce court

  • rubber sport court with projector screen set up

    MAC Courts

    Integrated AV for events

  • main gym

    Main Gym

    3 courts feature two different custom branded designs

  • 3 basketball courts

    Main Gym

    View from 2nd level

  • cardio equipment and racquetball courts

    HIIT Cardio and Racquetball Courts

    Located on 2nd level

  • cardio equipment

    Main Cardio

    Located on 2nd level with views to climbing wall, main gym and outside

  • selectorized


    Located on 2nd level with views to indoor pool and cardio

  • student walking into studio 3

    Studio 3

    A multi-purpose studio with views to main gym

  • track and climbing wall

    Track and Climbing Wall

    1/8 mile track features views to outdoors, climbing wall and main gym

  • the climbing wall at the Rec Center

    Climbing and Bouldering

    Tallest hybrid climbing and bouldering wall in the state of Alabama

Architectural Renderings

  • building exterior


    main entrance

  • building exterior with pool


    leisure pool

  • entry to building

    Main Entry

    with views to lounge, studios and climbing wall

  • gaming lounge, study areas, lookout to gym

    Social Areas

    gaming lounge, study areas with lookout into gym

  • multipurpose court

    MAC Court

  • cardio equipment

    Cardio Wing

    located on 2nd level

  • climbing wall

    Climbing Wall

    view from second level

  • basketball courts

    Main Gym

    view from 2nd level

  • running track


    looking to cardio and outside

Construction Timeline

Construction of the new Recreation and Fitness Center is in response to the JSU strategic plan to enhance the quality of campus life and to recruit and retain students.

  • 2016: Brailsford & Dunlavey engaged with JSU to plan, design, and construct the new Recreation Center.
  • September 23, 2016: Paul Brailsford, co-founder and CEO of Brailsford & Dunlavey, and Jeff Sessine, Senior Vice President of Centers, present to the JSU Board of Trustees.
  • January 2017: BOT unanimously approves proposal to build a new 101,000 square foot fitness and wellness center through a public private partnership with the JSU Foundation.
  • July 24, 2017: CENTERS begins management of current recreation operation.
  • September 23, 2017: Ground breaking ceremony held for new Recreation Center.
  • April 10, 2018: Turner Construction holds “topping out” ceremony to celebrate the construction milestone.
  • January 14, 2019: Soft Opening of the Recreation and Fitness Center.
  • January 21, 2019: Recreation and Fitness Center begins operating under normal hours.
  • January 28, 2019: Grand Opening of the Recreation and Fitness Center.