Less than two years after it opened, the University’s Student Fitness Center and McCormick Hall project has been recognized as a stellar facility.

The National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) awarded one of its nine 2012 Outstanding Sports Facilities honors to the building.

“We felt the new Student Fitness Center met every standard of excellence from the day the doors opened, but the NIRSA award secures Illinois State’s place on the map for facility excellence,” said Student Fitness Center Executive Director Dawn Sanner, M.S. ’87.

The building, which has seen more than 500,000 visits, was honored a second time with an Innovative Architecture & Design Award in the May 2012 issue of Rec Management Magazine.

“This building is the definition of innovation with sustainable components, technology enhancements and unique design features at each turn,” Sanner said. “Combining new construction with a renovation of historic McCormick Hall to serve both recreational and academic uses has created a facility that sets a standard for multi-use space.”