Valley City State University Gaukler Family Wellness Center

Valley City, North Dakota

JLG Architects worked with Valley City State University, along with the Valley City Parks & Rec and community members, to develop a plan for the combined Valley City Wellness and Education Center. This program expanded the educational facility options for the VCSU Department of Health and Physical Education with class space and a human performance lab, providing the ability to have teaching stations throughout the building. Valley City Parks & Rec saw the potential of jointly utilizing the wellness center with the campus to become an asset the whole community could enjoy. At over 60,000 SF — with aquatics, multipurpose recreational gym space, group exercise studios, cardio, and weight training — this facility greatly enhances the quality of life for Valley City community and VCSU students alike.

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"The Wellness Center is a great place for stu­dents to exercise with friends. There’s not only the machines and the weights, but you constant­ly see people playing basketball or running around the track­, which is great when you want to get a short run in but it’s too cold outside! Everything about it looks good, and it will definitely push more students to attend VCSU.”
– Oscar Suniga Junior, Alumnus, VCSU