UA Campus Recreation’s Locker Room Renovation:
A “Building Wellness for Life” Campaign
Campus Recreation is more than a building at The University of Arizona. Our focus is on promoting healthy lifestyles in all forms. Through classes, trainings, organized sports, open recreation, and community engagement, we strive to provide a comfortable place to be active, connect, and de-stress.
Renovating the nearly three decades old locker rooms to a more modern space helped us meet our growing membership needs and provide an environment that is more inviting, private and safe for all Rec users.
Correlation to Campus Master Plan & Mission
- The locker rooms had remained largely untouched since they were built in 1990, despite an overall facilities’ expansion and update in 2010.
- Our mission is to offer exemplary facilities, programs and services that inspire participation and engagement.
- With an outdated and aging locker room space, we were unable to fully address necessary gender inclusive issues nor embrace the latest ADA accessibility features.
- The new design offers all-gender spaces with private cabanas, and more open access for ADA compatible accommodations.
Intended & Actual Impact to Recreation Department
- The new locker room facilities are intended to create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for all visitors to the Rec Center.
- By addressing issues related to diversity, gender identity, and levels of ability, we have been able to provide services that meet the needs of all members, guests and visitors.
Unique Aesthetic or Architectural Design Features
- The design incorporates rich hardwoods, soft colors, and natural light to create a serene balance between nature and function.
- Modern amenities create a user-friendly environment.
- Large recessed lighting functions as solar lighting and creates a softer atmosphere.
- Improved ADA compliance with wider access points, availability of transfer benches, wheelchair accessible services.
- All gender areas meet the needs of students and the UA community; families with small children can remain together.
- The locker room shower design includes a changing area allowing for more privacy.
- The Rec Oasis lounge area offers a non-structured space for social interaction, reflection and decompressing between activities.
- Relocation of elevator provided for better traffic flow and direct access to the pool area.
Relationship between Facility Design & Staffing
- Towel tracker (2) reduces staff time checking out & in towels.
- All gender spaces eliminate having staff to “pre-qualify” or make assumptions about gender orientation or create stress between staff and patrons.
- Faculty no longer needs to change clothes in front of their students.
Innovative Construction Materials or Methods
- Layout provides increased privacy with lockers in shielded locations.
- Back-lit mirrors reduce heat generation.
- Wood slat ceiling design allows for better air flow.
- Upgraded HVAC system improves indoor air quality and minimizes humidity and odors.
Sustainable | Green Features
Campus Rec is a LEED Platinum-certified facility. The facility’s energy efficiency is enhanced by passive solar measures, opaque walls, cool roofing, recycled materials, high-efficiency plumbing fixtures, and passive storm-water harvesting. The locker room uses:
- Durable, low-maintenance materials
- Quartz countertops and phenolic lockers with recycled content
- Energy-efficient LED lighting
- Low-flow toilets and shower heads
- Lighting occupancy sensors in cabanas
- Motion activated sinks and paper towel holders to decrease water and paper consumption
- Natural lighting to reduce electrical consumption
Use of Technology & Benefits to Customer/Staff/Budget
- The new Towel Tracker system uses RFID chips to check out towels to patrons which reduces patron wait times and allows staff to focus on other tasks
- Swimsuit dryers decrease mold and odors
Click here to view a PDF version of the Campus Recreation Locker Room Renovation floor plans
Architectural Drawings | Renderings
Click here to view a gallery of renderings proposed for the locker room renovation
Marketing Materials | "The Building Wellness for Life" Brochure
Click here to view the Locker Room Renovation printed marketing materials. To view the complete Building Wellness for Life Capital Campaign fundraising brochure with the Locker Room Renovation inserts, click here.Submitted November 1, 2017 for NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facilities 2018