How do you design a health and wellness facility that creates an inviting and inclusive environment for all student needs?
How do you design a health and wellness facility that creates an inviting and inclusive environment for all student needs?

CSU Sacramento, The WELL Center Expansion and Renovation

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Forell | Elsesser Engineers provided structural engineering services for expansion and renovation of The Wellness, Education, Leisure, and Lifestyle (WELL) Center at CSU Sacramento. The expansion and renovation of the WELL Center provides students and faculty with modern amenities and recreation space to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle. The center expands the building by 30,000 sf increasing the overall building footprint to 260,263 sf. 

The center includes all-gender amenities, new locker rooms, strength and conditioning space, fitness studios including a state-of-the-art spin studios, meeting and lounge space, academic classrooms, demonstration kitchen space, counseling rooms, administration offices, an urgent care facility and other various health service space. The expansion is a collaborative design-build project and is targeting LEED Gold certification and WELL certification by the International WELL Building Institute.

  • The building was designed to be a collaborative working environment. Every space was critically evaluated and designed to offer all users and occupants with extensive collaboration and working space. This space included integrating medical and counseling space, reconfiguring the urgent care space to provide more efficient operation and patient flow, as well as providing more flexible fitness space.
  • To provide a more inclusive and accessible environment, the center features wider doorways and pathways, larger benches and seating areas, and door-automation features. This creates more user circulation and fewer obstacles and challenges for all facility users including those in standard and sports wheelchairs.
  • The lateral addition to the Wellness Center required a seismic evaluation of the entire structure.  By carefully balancing the sizes and locations of the new Buckling Restrained Braced Frames, the lateral addition had limited impact on the overall seismic performance, thus eliminating the need for a costly seismic renovation of the existing structure. 

Academic - University, Athletic Facilities

  • Architect: HMC Architects
  • Owner: California State University, Sacramento
  • General Contractor: Swinerton
  • Photography: ©David Wakely