Project Site:  California State University Northridge Student Recreation Center

Location: Northridge, CA

Facility Size: 138,000 sqft.

NEW Functional Fitness Playground: 2,480 sqft.

CSUN’s award winning Student Recreation Center (SRC) has since its inception in 2012 provided a comprehensive wellness offering for students and faculty alike. The SRC’s diverse facility channels an energizing and community-building environment. Given its ongoing commitment to connecting students to health and wellness, CSUN began to re-think a rare, but underutilized space within the greater facility in hopes of transforming the space into a dynamic functional training zone.  

Staying on trend with today’s explosive functional fitness modalities, the new training area was designed for multi-faceted programming and serves as an interactive connection point for classes and between friends.  

Aktiv® worked closely with SRC leadership to transform the underutilized space into a high-energy functional playground, becoming a communal training zone to support various fitness experiences. The Top Level Training Zone is powered by a Gym Rax® Triple Bridge system that sets the stage for a multitude of programming and opens the space up for students to further expand their creativity in training. A Gym Rax Vertical Ascent further enhances this Functional Training Ecosystem® to allow for more obstacle-centric training workouts including rope climbing and advanced monkey bar circuits.  

CSUN has now created the Strong Matador Challenge – a fun, engaging obstacle course that includes: the Rope Climb, Low Crawl, Farmers Walk, Rungs of Wrath, Slackline Balance Beam, Angles Steps & High Hurdles, and a Push-Pull Sled.

What was once a dormant space is now an energizing, functional solution that attracts a camaraderie of fitness enthusiasts to collaborate and engage in a myriad of workout experiences.  

Notable Awards:
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Status Certification
2014 Los Angeles Architectural Awards
2013 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Education Facility Design Award
2013 American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Fernando Valley, Design Award – Citation
2013 National Intramural – Recreational Sports Association Outstanding Sports Facility Award
Athletic Business 2012 Facility Merit Award
2012 American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Diego, Design and Vision Award – Citation
2012 San Diego, Design & Vision Award – Committee of the Environment (COTE) – SD
2012 Pacific Coast Builders Conference – Gold Nugget Award for Greenest Sustainable Commercial Project
2010 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Orange County – Design Award, Merit
2009 American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Fernando Valley – Design Award, Citation