Dixie State University Human Performance Center
St. George, Utah
Project of the Year Finalist and Best Project
Owner: State of Utah DFCM/Dixie State University
Lead Design Firm, Landscape Architect: MHTN Architects
General Contractor: Layton Construction
Civil Engineer: Alpha Engineering
Structural Engineer: Reaveley Engineers
MEP Engineer: Van Boerum & Frank Associates
Electrical Engineer: Spectrum Engineers
Associate Design: Hastings + Chivetta Architects
Consultants: Eldorado Climbing Walls; Water Design
Dixie State University’s newest building features state-of-the-art academic labs for athletic training, biomechanics, exercise physiology, aging and at-risk studies, population health and physical and occupational therapy. The placement of these programs adjacent to student recreation areas highlights the importance of physical fitness for everyone.
Situated at a major city and campus intersection, the new landmark serves as a gateway to the west entry of campus. As a hub for student activities and academics, the center plays a major role in recruitment and retention of students and faculty. The center houses academic spaces, state-of-the-art labs and areas shared by human performance program faculty and students. Spaces are filled with natural light and include public lounges and activity zones that provide opportunities for hands-on training. Academic areas include classrooms, teaching labs, faculty and administration offices and conference spaces, while the recreation portion contains a two-story fitness center, nutrition bar, lounge and indoor and rooftop multipurpose athletic courts. The Olympic-size swimming pool, diving tank, heated spa and 750-seat spectator balcony are central fixtures, as is the 65-ft-high indoor climbing wall with adjustable routes and a free-bouldering wall. Expanded recreational offerings include a running track, outdoor athletic courts, an inclined sprint hill, outdoor fitness balconies, gathering spaces and an indoor lounge.