Marymount University commissioned this new facility to satisfy their need for a new student center, a sports recreation facility and a venue for collegiate athletics. Located at a prominent crossroads on the campus, the University Center is intended to serve as the central gathering place for students on campus.
The new building adopts the architectural character of the Main House at Marymount, a traditional building with entry portico. Building materials include stone, painted brick, and both flat and standing seam metal roofs. The 30,000 square-foot program, an addition to an existing 39,000 square-foot building, includes student lounges, a book store, a fitness center featuring an aerobics room and cardio-vascular area, a competition gymnasium with retractable seating for 1,000, a renovated recreational gymnasium, a renovated six-lane 25 meter swimming pool, locker facilities and meeting rooms. The architect of record for this project was Marcellus Wright Cox & Smith of Richmond, and firm design principal for the project was Tut Bartzen.