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Photography by Jim Turner

K-STATE SALINA STUDENT LIFE CENTER
Kansas State University - Salina, Kansas
34,000 Square Feet
Phase One of the Student Life Center Master Plan is a freestanding recreation facility prominently located near the campus entrance. The center provides a gymnasium, 1/8-mile elevated running track, racquetball court, weight and cardio area, lounge, locker rooms and administrative offices.
The building provides a strong visual connection to the campus, both inward and outward, through the judicious use of glass. The design incorporates the established campus materials palette of blue glass, aluminum window frames, and white cementitious panels.
In addition to student sports the gymnasium is also used for functions such as intramurals, organized sports tournaments, large group hi-tech gaming and graduation ceremonies.
The master plan included provisions for a second racquetball court and gymnasium, expanded locker rooms, aerobics room and classroom additions. Site improvements include a service and fire-apparatus access drive, walks, stormwater management and lighting.