France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center Honored with Design Award

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The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) recently identified five projects to receive the 2015 Facility Design Award of Excellence. Now in its eleventh year, this competitive award recognizes excellence in the design of student-centered campus buildings. One project recognized at the 2015 Annual Conference was the France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center at Purdue University.

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At Purdue University, three existing antiquated and windowless boxes housing fitness, gymnasiums and aquatic spaces were turned inside out by Moody Nolan. The new design is expressed on the exterior as light-filled volumes of glass and stone which give the center a new and more inviting face.

The central concourse/atrium design stitches together the existing disparate spaces, bringing natural light deep into the heart of the facility. The interior design is conceptualized as neighborhoods of activity: diverse fitness activities and varying degrees of openness and programmatic overlaps. Keeping sustainability in mind, the project has been certified LEED Gold.

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To learn more about the Facility Design Award, please visit