St. Joseph Recreation, Exercise and Community (REC) Center

St. Joseph, Missouri

The city’s goals for this project included a larger facility to expand program offerings, increase membership and host youth basketball and volleyball tournaments. Components include a children’s exercise room, three gymnasiums, community cardio and fitness room, administrative spaces, conference rooms, nine-tenths of a mile walking track, community room, nutrition bar and locker room facilities.

LEO A DALY’s design locates the cardio and strength space towards the intersection of nearby high-traffic roads to showcase the facility’s activity and promote the city’s commitment to a healthy lifestyle. The building’s orientation and the strategic use of glazing allows many of the spaces to receive natural light while providing users outdoor views. The floor plan design includes visual control of the gymnasiums, cardio strength training space and children’s care room from the main control desk.


City of St. Joseph, Missouri

At a glance

33,000 SF

3,000 SF exercise room


Cardio & strength training

Three gymnasiums

Children’s exercise room

Walking track

Nutrition bar

Administrative offices


Architectural design


Interior design

Civil, mechanical, electrical, structural, fire protection and life safety engineering