BROOKFIELD, Wis. — raSmith, a multi-disciplinary engineering consultant, is providing site planning, site design, landscape architecture, and land surveying services for the new Wellness + Recreation Center at Marquette University. The site design includes the redevelopment of the front entry plaza and streetscape along 16th Street; pedestrian safety and accessibility improvements; service area, utility and drainage improvements; and urban tolerant landscape enhancements throughout the entire site. The raSmith site designers are part of the design team that includes the facilities planning and management team at Marquette University, HOK Architects, and Workshop Architects.

Completed in fall 2016, the Master Plan for Marquette University recommended a series of high impact projects to bolster the opportunities provided by the university. One of these inspirational projects was to develop a Wellness Recreation Center at the heart of the campus. The facility will house the main recreation and fitness components for the university along with wellness programs focusing on the physical, mental, and spiritual health of students.

The recreation portion of the project is expected to incorporate spaces for physical training including weight rooms, basketball courts, multi-sport playing courts, tennis courts, group fitness spaces, a swimming pool, and changing/locker rooms. The wellness program component of the facility will house clinical outreach to provide physical, mental, and spiritual support to the campus. This will include the student medical clinic, campus counseling center, and outreach wellness programs.

The expected size of the Wellness + Recreation Center project is approximately 195,000 gross square feet (approximately 126,000 square feet of new construction; 25,125 square feet of basketball renovation; and 43,600 square feet of tennis renovation). The estimated total project cost is approximately $100 million. The groundbreaking is currently estimated to occur in spring 2023 with the project opening during the 2025 spring semester.