A whopping 120,000 square feet, the Student Recreation Center at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) houses two outdoor pools, basketball, volleyball and badminton courts, a comprehensive weight-training and fitness zone, jogging track and a 40-foot rock climbing wall—the tallest offered by any school in the CSU system. The facility has been recognized with awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in Orange County and the San Fernando Valley.

Located on the outer fringe of the CSUN campus, the building soars 58 feet above campus and delineates a new campus edge. The east facade is mostly glass, which creates a "human billboard" that allows pedestrians to see what's taking place inside.

The folding profile of the building allows for numerous sustainable design features, including displacement ventilation, solar control fins and screens, use of recycled and low-emitting materials, rooftop photovoltaic array, water-efficient California native landscaping, low-flow plumbing fixtures, rainwater harvesting, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood products and natural daylight for 90 percent of the usable spaces.

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Project Details

  • Completed in 2011
  • Northridge, CA
  • 120,000 square feet
  • 40-foot rock climbing wall
  • LEED Gold certified

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