The Benefits of Effective Space Planning to Your Rec Center

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The Benefits of Effective Space Planning to Your Rec Center

A social revolution in fitness towards holistic health and wellness is shaping the design, purpose and layout of campus rec centers. Without abandoning their traditional purpose of physical education, campus recreation facilities have expanded to serve diverse interests, accommodate greater numbers of students and generate opportunities for social interaction. This requires rec center Directors and Facility Operators to better understand aspects of space planning in overseeing facility expansions, renovations, and new state-of-the-art facilities.

Rec centers have become the heart of student life: fitness, social activity, nutrition, medical care and counseling all under one roof. They are designed with community and space in mind.


Transparency of spaces, safety of equipment, and accessibility help define space planning for a rec center. The focus is on maximum visibility between activities, an emphasis on functionality, and promotion of social interaction. Cardio equipment is no longer confined to a room but flows within a facility’s open spaces and functional training equipment can become the centerpiece of the space.

 The design and layout of the 216,000 sq. ft. Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness at the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG) demonstrates the implementation of space planning elements. The Kaplan Center for Wellness put a premium on functionality and social interaction in designing the types of space needed for equipment and programs.

Precor helped UNCG effectively use its space to meet program objectives, while providing flexibility to respond to changes in student interests and future programs.

Contact us today to learn more about effective space planning solutions for your recreation and wellness center.