Recreation and Fitness Center
As an intended campus gateway and focal point of student activity and recruitment, the Fitness and Wellness Center for Jacksonville State University is Moody Nolan’s 33rd project collaboration with Brailsford & Dunlavey. The building form is expressed through a prominent peak that emphasizes the climbing wall, which is the tallest hybrid climbing and bouldering wall in Alabama at a student recreation facility at over 43 feet. As the first Public-Private Partnership (P3) undertaken by the University, the project also features an aquatic center, three court gym, a multi-activity court, social lounge space, and an elevated track.
The $32.6 million facility aesthetically expresses and programmatically facilitates student life, movement, and social connection to deliver an iconic campus building. The open glazed corners allow vistas from activity areas to the surrounding Appalachian foothills. Large expanses of glass on the north façade are balanced by a masonry wrapper which signify administration and wellness support spaces. The scale, materiality and rhythm of the wrapper resonate with the existing campus character, bridging traditional and contemporary styles.