Embodying its mission of “Active Learning, Active Life,” Dixie State University’s Human Performance Center represents a multi-faceted design accommodating academic, athletic, and recreational spaces which create synergies that enhance the overall learning experience. An iconic landmark serving as a gateway for the west entry of campus, the new Center has been built in a unique and inspiring landscape. As a hub for student activities and academics, the Center plays a major role in recruitment and retention of students and faculty, not only within the health and exercise programs, but through intramural sports and an active student life experience.

The Human Performance Center features dual-use academic spaces, state-of-the-art laboratories, and areas shared by human performance program faculty and students. The facility features spaces filled with natural light, visibility into activity areas and of the surrounding campus, public lounges, and activity zones that provide opportunities for learning and hands-on training. The academic portion includes classrooms, teaching labs, faculty/administration offices, conference spaces, while the recreation portion contains a full-service two-story fitness center, nutrition bar, lounge, indoor and rooftop multi-purpose athletic courts.

Sited with prominence at a major city/campus intersection, the facility is uniquely positioned as a showcase to the university and surrounding community. The 50-meter Olympic-sized swimming pool, diving tank, heated spa and 750-seat spectator balcony are central fixtures visible from the public intersection, as is the 65-foot-high indoor climbing wall with adjustable routes and a free bouldering wall. Utilizing the building rooftop, the new facility takes advantage of the favorable southern Utah climate, and allows expanded recreational offerings to students, faculty, and staff. These unique spaces include a rooftop running track, outdoor athletic courts, inclined “Sprint Hill”, outdoor fitness balconies, gathering spaces, and indoor support lounge.

SERVICES: Programming, Architecture, Landscape Architecture

In association with Hastings+Chivetta

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Design Challenge
DEPARTMENT COHESION
The MHTN Architects and Hastings+Chivetta Team was tasked to design “the Best Facility in the State” to house Dixie State University’s academic, athletic, and recreation departments under one roof in a cohesive and unifying manner.

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BY THE NUMBERS
St. George, UT | 155,000 SF | 2019

Earth Centered
High performance exterior envelope, HVAC heat recovery & 100% outside air economizers, daylighting and view strategy, waterwise landscape.