University of Colorado – Colorado Springs

Gallogly Recreation and Wellness Center

Colorado Springs, CO

Project Type

Higher Education, Sports & Recreation


56,771 Square Feet

Design Services

Architecture, Interior Architecture

The Gallogly Recreation and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado—Colorado Springs is among the pioneering universities that have merged Campus Recreation and Wellness into a single facility, bringing together clinical health, counseling services, and recreation programs to offer students and faculty holistic wellness and treatment opportunities.

The facility boasts four gymnasium courts, three group fitness studios, and an indoor track. Additionally, it houses the SOLE Center, which features a 27-foot climbing wall, bike/ski shop, and outdoor equipment rental. The Aquatics Center offers a 25-yard lap pool with four lanes, a 20-person hot tub, a water slide, and a leisure pool. Moreover, the Wellness Center provides mental health and general health services alongside wellness promotions. The design emphasizes a centralized entryway with a spacious, naturally lit, double-height lobby, seamlessly connecting all available services and programs.


  • LEED Gold

Project Goals

The mission of University of Colorado—Colorado Springs (UCCS) Campus Recreation is to inspire lifelong wellness by providing transformative educational and recreational opportunities that enhance the UCCS experience.

Wellness at the Center

The project expands the clinical health and counseling services departments, co-locating them within the recreation center.

It encompasses various modern health and wellness spaces, such as sick and well reception areas, clinical exam rooms, group therapy rooms, individual meeting rooms, HIPAA-compliant records storage, a laboratory, administrative offices, and provider offices. Moreover, the clinical health and counseling services area features a main entrance off the lobby and a secured entrance at the rear, ensuring emergency access for immediate patient care and transfer as necessary.

Implementing Biophilic Design

The facility’s design connects to nature in various ways. It features plenty of glazing, stunning views of Pike’s Peak, and an outdoor wellness terrace ideal for sunrise yoga and meditation.

Additionally, local natural materials such as stone and reclaimed wood contribute to a calming and serene atmosphere. These elements combine to provide students with a tranquil environment conducive to wellness and care.

Prioritizing Sustainability

The building attained LEED Gold certification, achieved through various sustainable measures.

These include a 60 percent reduction in irrigation water use via native landscaping and efficient stormwater management systems. Additionally, using low-flow fixtures and Energy Star appliances achieved a 30 percent reduction in water and energy consumption. Furthermore, over 85 percent of construction debris was recycled. Active design cues like incorporating stairways were also integrated into the building’s design.


The UCCS Gallogly Recreation and Wellness Center offers a place where students, staff, and faculty can enhance their well-being.

Whether it’s soothing sore muscles with a massage, engaging in intramural sports, or seeking counseling, the center provides all the necessary resources.