Campus: Sonoma State University -- June 8, 2005
SSU Recreation Center Receives Outstanding Sports Facility
Award for Sustainable Features
The Sonoma State University Recreation Center has been awarded a 2005
Outstanding Sports Facilities Award by the National Intramural Recreational
Sports Association. NIRSA is the premier association for recreation professionals
at college campuses.
SSU's $15 million Recreation Center was recognized for a state-of- the-art design
that maximizes functional space and demonstrates numerous efforts incorporating
sustainable building techniques while using a selection of materials which
beautifully reflect the surrounding rural county. It was completed in August,
The 59,000 square-foot center includes a two-court gymnasium, one-court
gymnasium/soccer arena, fitness center, climbing wall, outdoor adventure resource
and equipment rental area, game room, exercise studios, locker rooms, and spa.
Sustainable design features which increase energy efficiency and strive to lessen
impact on the environment include the extensive use of energy-saving day lighting,
clerestories, and skylights; HVAC zones using a high efficiency indirect-direct
evaporative cooling system, supplemented by natural ventilation and night-time
natural cooling, and radiant hydronic floor heating; high-efficiency fluorescent
lighting tied to photo-sensors and occupancy sensors; Energy Star and other
energy-efficient appliances; reclaimed water in toilets, urinals, and for
irrigation, low flow faucets; the use of sustainable woods for flooring; and many
Pamela Su, Director of Campus Recreation, accepted the award on behalf of Sonoma
State University. The award also acknowledged contributions made to the project
by architecture firm, LPA, Inc., sports facility consultant, Bill Manning, and
construction firm, Wright Contracting, Inc.
More information about the building's sustainability can be found at
A rooftop photovoltaic solar array is planned for future installation. The
University received a $27,000 grant from the California Integrated Waste Management
Board to support the use of recycled waste tire rubber in the climbing wall's
safety flooring and to support the purchase of furniture using recycled materials.
Throughout the facility, numerous pieces of furniture display educational tags
boasting of recycled materials such as plastic, steel, paper, glass, sunflower
seed husks, and even seatbelts.
"I think one of the reasons this building turned out so successfully is the input
and attention given by our students during the design stage," says Su.
"They were faced with helping to make difficult decisions of what would be best
for many generations of building users to come and they hit it right on the nose.
Trying to maintain a healthy mind and body in a healthy building supports our
The building is a project of the Sonoma Student Union Corporation, an auxiliary
organization at Sonoma State University. Students passed a campus-wide vote in
fall of 2000 to raise the fees that support the project. The construction and
operation of the Recreation Center uses no general fund or state dollars.
Su sees this as a plus, "Because student fees support this project, there was a
greater ability to say how the space should be used and incorporating sustainable
features. Students also have a much greater say in how the facility is run
The Rec Center welcomes visitors who want to look around and tour the facility.
For further information, contact Pamela Su, (707) 664-4FUN.
Media Contact: Jean Wasp, Media Relations Coordinator,