Best known to out-of-towners as the pregame practice venue of the University of Iowa’s Marching Band, the Recreation Building serves a variety of recreation and athletic functions. Iowa football offices are located in the building’s north end, as are locker rooms and training facilities for several other sports. The facility also contains 65,000 square feet of open track space, which is used primarily for track and field functions and intercollegiate competition. Tennis courts occupy the infield of the track.
The Recreation Building’s external appearance is a function of the laminated wood beam roof structure that stretches above the open track. This distinctive structural system provides for the long spans required by the activities housed below and also adds a rich, natural glow to the building’s interior. On the exterior, the thrust of the massive beams is channeled to four muscular concrete buttress piers on each long side. The meeting of roof and brick walls at ground level is mediated by an expanse of tinted glazing that fills the huge triangular configurations. The main entrance is signaled by a gold-colored anodized aluminum screen mounted above doors on the south facade.
The building is accessible to persons with disabilities.