McLane Student Life Center
Baylor University
Location: Waco, Texas
Architect: F&S Parners
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Services Provided
Programming // Design Consulting
Project Highlights
$21 Million; 156,000sf; Recreation & Fitness Center; Wellness Center; Out-Patient Health Center Clinic; Vortex Pool; Current Channel; Water Slide; Spa; 4 Court Gym; Outdoor Pursuits; Aerobics Room; 1/9Mile, 4-lane Indoor Track; 8 Racquetball Courts; Casual Activities Lounge; Game Room; Health Bar & Deli
"The new facilities will attract student to campus during the afternoon and evening hours. There are private sports clubs in Waco, but the City doesn't have anything like this."

Ken Simons

Assistant V.P. & Business Manager
Baylor University
Project Description
Placing top priority on providing recreational facilities as part of the educational experience, Baylor University contracted with F & S Partners and The Sports Management Group to help envision and plan. As Recreational Sports Facility Consultant to the project, The Sports Management Group wrote and conducted a campus-wide student interest survey and focus groups. In a series of workshops with project architects to develop the architectural program, students and University staff voiced their wishes, including a “late night coed social space’” a “flexible facility” for many campus activities, and a place to become acquainted with “lifetime sports and holistic health.”

The Student Life Center, part of the 60-acre Student Life Complex, is designed as a gathering place housing a multitude of activities. Within the Center’s large atrium is a 40-foot rock climbing pinnacle, inspired by natural rock formations in the vicinity known as Waco Tanks. The Sports Management Group was intimately involved in the project budget planning, programming and design of the Center. The Center and its surrounding facilities will offer students a place to socialize play, workout, and focus on fitness, enhancing the quality of the Baylor University experience.

Photos generously provided by F&S Partners