Illinois State University Student Fitness Center and McCormick Hall

Distinguished Building Award Submission

This Illinois State University Student Fitness Center and McCormick Hall is designed to be synergistic. The design intentionally mixes and blends the School of Kinesiology and Recreation Services, creating the opportunity to incorporate many dynamic spatial relationships to facilitate improved functionality and efficiencies.

The center creates new hub for the ISU in the north district of campus, connecting the Quad to Main Street. It rejuvenates existing McCormick Hall, reflecting its tenure as an active learning, recreation, and competition environment. The fitness center, including portions hovering above University Drive, provides multiple large recreation and academic venues, supporting existing and new program offerings.

This exterior yields many components to the older Collegiate Georgian character of campus, interpreting that character into a newly formed composition. Along Main Street, the fitness ‘bridge’ punctuates the otherwise staid facade. Large amounts of glass are used, aiding in visual transparency and access into the facility. The dialogue continues east towards McCormick, becoming the main organizing element that all other volumes relate to.

Throughout three stories of recreation and academic space, the interior architecture enhances the ability for users to visually experience program areas, while creating many highly social areas where they can be seen by others.

Associate Architect
RDG Planning and Design
Illinois State University
  • Clark Dietz Engineers
General contractor
RiverCity Construction
Norma, Illinois