The Walter J. Hawrys Campus Recreation Center at Stony Brook University won a 2014 Facilities of Merit Award from Athletic Business, the leading resource for athletic, fitness and recreation professionals. The 10 winning facilities were chosen by a panel of sports and recreation facility architects during two days of judging. Winners were featured in the November issue of Athletic Business magazine and at the 2014 Athletic Business Conference and Expo in Orlando, Florida, on November 14.
As noted by Athletic Business, “More than half of the judging panel considered this project ‘bold,’ most notably for its expression of color. One judge went so far as to call the facility’s exterior ‘iconic.’”
Susan DiMonda, associate dean and director of Student Life at Stony Brook University, attended the conference in November to receive the award on behalf of the University.
“I was ecstatic when I received word that we were selected as one of the facilities recognized this year. During the planning stages of the Campus Recreation Center, I attended the Conference many times to tour other facilities and attend sessions regarding facility construction. Each year they highlight 10 facilities, and I always hoped that some day our facility and University would receive this great honor.”
The Campus Recreation Center, a state-of-the-art 85,000 square-foot facility, opened in 2012 and is devoted to the health and wellness of Stony Brook students, faculty and staff. The Center features more than 100 pieces of cardiovascular equipment, three floors for intramural programs, and practice and competition spaces for sport clubs and open recreation. There is a three-court gymnasium; a multi-activity court for basketball, soccer, roller hockey, volleyball and badminton; three wellness studios; nearly 17,000 square-feet of combined free-weights; fitness, cardio and stretching space; a 1/10th mile track; locker rooms and showers; and sport club storage rooms and wireless Internet service.
For more information about the Campus Recreation Center, please visit the website.
— Lynne Roth