Kennesaw State University, Student Recreation & Activities Center

Kennesaw, GA

The expansion and renovation of the KSU Student Recreation Center and Activities Center (SRAC) was issued as a  Bridging Documents RFP by Hughes Group Architects. Cooper Carry with Richards, Wittschiebe, Hand Architects were part of the Hardin Construction team selected to execute the Design Build project. The 176,092 square foot facility is design to accommodate the University’s explosive enrollment growth to 20,000 students. The new facility and renovation was completed as a phased construction project, sequenced to keep the existing facility operational throughout the 18 month construction cycle. The facility expansion abuts the existing recreational facility, creating a 300 foot long two (2) story fitness atrium and circulation spin that sits astride an existing main campus pedestrian pathway that will energize the facility, becoming the new recreational and social hub of the campus. The fitness atrium is glazed on three sides creating a dynamic day lit space during the day, and a transparent campus beacon at night. The existing facility gym, locker rooms, multipurpose rooms were renovated, the Health and Wellness Center services and facilities were expanded. The new facility has expanded free weight, cardio, fitness and group exercise areas and new locker rooms. The new four (4) court gym has a jogging track looping around the upper level of the gym, fitness area, and two story climbing/bouldering wall. There is an (8) eight lane indoor pool as well as an outdoor leisure pool. There is a bike shop with a convenient equipment checkout area for outward bound equipment. The exterior recreation area includes sand volleyball, basketball, and tennis courts.

project scope

176,092 SF


Kennesaw State University


  • 2016, ACEC Engineering Excellence Award
  • LEED v3 BD+C: New Construction, Silver