Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center Given Outstanding Sports Facilities AwardPosted May 28, 2014
Abilene Christian University's Royce and Pam Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center received the Outstanding Sports Facilities Award at the opening session of the annual national conference for NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation.
The selection committee, made up of members of the Outstanding Sports Facilities Committee, evaluates each facility for its architectural design, functionality and how well it meets its intended purpose.
"It's really a tribute to all of those who envisioned what a recreation and wellness center could mean for the ACU community and then made it a reality,” said Joel Swedlund, executive director of the Money Center. "From Parkhill Smith Cooper, the architects who designed it, to HOAR Construction, which built it, ACU has been blessed to partner with some exceptional people to make this facility the showpiece that it is."
Facilities are judged in the following areas:
- Correlation to campus master plan and mission
- Intended and actual impact on the recreational program
- Unique aesthetic of architectural features
- Relationship between facility design and staffing
- Innovative construction materials or methods
- Sustainable features
- Technological benefits for customer, staff and/or budget
Each recipient is considered a standard or model by which other collegiate recreational facilities should be measured.
“We're really excited and proud to have received this award,” Swedlund said. “We constantly hear how great our facility is from our students, employees and campus visitors. Still, it's rewarding to know the Money Center is also considered an exceptional facility on a national level.”
"The Money Center has immediately proven to be a centerpiece of the ACU campus – a must-see feature of tours for alumni, donors and prospective students alike, as well as a heavily used and much-appreciated feature of on-campus life for students, faculty and staff," said Jim Orr, vice president for advancement. "We are grateful not only to the architects and builders, but to the donors who made this facility possible."
NIRSA believes collegiate recreation is a significant factor in influencing wellness in local, regional and global communities. NIRSA supports leaders in collegiate recreation by fostering lifelong habits of well-being. The organization includes 4,000 professionals, students and businesses serving an estimated 7.7 million students.
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