Cannon Design’s Missouri State University Project Wins Award

Cannon Design, an internationally recognized architectural, engineering, interior design and planning firm, is pleased to announce that the Missouri State University, Bill R. Foster and Family Recreation Center has won a Recreation Management 2013 Innovative Architecture & Design Award. Reed I. Voorhees, AIA, LEED® AP, Vice President, led the design team.

Recreation Management Magazine is one of the leading publications in the sports, recreation and fitness market,” states Mike Felton, AIA, Principal and Market Leader.  “We are quite pleased because awards from Recreation Management are highly coveted in the recreation industry. The MSU center was judged against other recreation facilities, both collegiate and municipal.” 

The 100,000 sf, $30 million LEED-silver Foster Recreation Center offers a place for the entire campus community to work out, play and learn, becoming the central campus hub for promoting and supporting healthy living. Bill Foster is a Springfield businessman with a lifelong commitment to health care and a family history with MSU.

Award judging criteria included the facility’s recreational value, in terms of how it serves its patrons’ needs; its value versus cost  or “bang for the buck;” innovation, in terms of unique and creative design; aesthetic presentation or creation of visual excitement inside and out; and ability to meet functional and operational expectations.

Initiated in 2006 by student leaders and designed with their input, it was funded through a dedicated student fee and private contributions. Features include a pool, spa, sauna, indoor jogging track, fitness center with cardiovascular equipment and free weights, rock-climbing and bouldering walls, three basketball courts, and studios for fitness classes.

Cannon Design is an Ideas Based Practice, ranked among the leading international firms in planning and design for healthcare, research, education, corporate, sports and government clients.  At present, the firm employs a staff of over 1,000, delivering services in 12 offices throughout North America, as well as in Shanghai, China, and Mumbai, India.