Auburn University at Montgomery Wellness Center
Size: 75,000 sf
Project Awards: Athletic Business Magazine, Facility of Merit Award
As Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) has grown and the number of on-campus residents increased, AUM’s administration recognized the need for a comprehensive facility to support a healthy lifestyle for its community. The award winning AUM Wellness Center is dedicated to fitness, wellness, intramural activities and human performance research. AUM desired a facility at the campus’s main entrance that makes a statement to students and the community affirming its commitment to lifelong wellness. The initial building concept grew out of a “bend and stretch” diagram as a metaphor for exercise and wellness, focused on openness and transparency to promote facility usage. The building’s striking glazed facade, reflecting pool and orientation create a dramatic campus entrance. Fitness “neighborhoods” add intimacy to the large facility and help all types of users find a place where they feel comfortable. The design provides special areas for quiet study or impromptu gatherings. Warm wood tones, natural light and high-impact environmental graphics contribute to the creation of a welcoming environment that supports health and wellness. It includes a gymnasium for intramural basketball, volleyball, badminton and similar sports, as well as an indoor pool with fitness and social areas. Multiple exercise areas have state-of-the-art equipment. There is a 25’ climbing wall, running track, stretching areas and multi-purpose rooms. An outdoor patio area at the south end includes a spa and bocce ball court. The academic portion of the facility includes two classrooms, faculty offices and state-of-the-art human performance laboratories.
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