Sumers Recreation Center

at Washington University

saint louis, missouri
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The entry plaza draws on the strong architecture and provides flexible space for users

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The planting schemes take into account seasonality and the formal nature of the architecture entry

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Space for 72 bicycles was provided, and is often a popular space for students


The project provides new spaces for intramurals, general university-wide fitness programs and team sport practices and workouts, as well as administrative offices, seminar and classroom areas and conference rooms.

“These improvements will extend its accessibility and greatly enhance the opportunities for our students to stay healthy and fit.”

John Schael, WUSTL Athletic Director


Washington  University in St. Louis

Bholin Cywinski Jackson

Hastings & Chivetta Architects

Project Facts

2.7 acres

Schematic Design – Construction Administration


Parking for 72 bicycles
Seeking LEED Silver

The Athletic Complex is a state-of-the-art facility, designed to promote and encourage healthy life styles, physical fitness and athletic performance. The project includes a complex inerior rejuvenation of historic Francis Gymnasium, site of the 1904 Olympics, as well as a twice the size addition to the south side of Francis Gym, many improvements to the existing interior of the Field House, upgrades to the Field House entry and a whole new Capps Plaza.

The facilities are designed to accommodate a wide range of individual and group recreational and intramural activities, as well as to serve as the home for Washington University collegiate teams, and a site for several past presidential debates.

Capps Plaza is redesigned to reflect the architecture of the new addition and Field House entry with concrete bands mirroring the colonnade. As a nod to healthy living, two bike nodes provide parking for 72 bicycles. The Landscape improvements enhance and set off the new and historic buildings.

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