Athletic Complex Expansion Project

The Gary M. Sumers Recreation Center will provide the entire campus community – students, faculty, staff and alumni – with a place to exercise, play, socialize and celebrate.

exterior rendering of Sumers Recreation Center

The Gary M. Sumers Recreation Center

Scheduled to open in 2016, the center will add more than 60,000 square feet to the Washington University Athletics Complex, including the Gary M. Sumers Fitness Center. The fitness center will offer a variety of fitness classes such as spinning, strength training, yoga and cardio fitness.

The new state-of-the-art fitness and recreation facilities will enhance efforts to encourage the WUSTL community to develop healthy lifestyles and habits for life. The center will have much-needed space for intramural sports, exercise classes and recreation and fitness activities.

About the Design

The acclaimed architecture firm behind the Apple Store’s flagship location in New York City, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson designed the center in association with St. Louis firm Hastings+Chivetta Architects. Through surveys and focus groups, the firms identified the top needs and interests of the WUSTL community. Architect James Kolker, assistant vice chancellor of campus planning and director of capital projects in Facilities Planning & Management said the building’s sustainable design both preserves and transforms Francis Gymnasium’s historic role on campus while creating spaces that are both functional and welcoming.

Some of the featured spaces of the Sumers Center will be:

  • a suspended jogging track
  • a three-court gymnasium
  • two multipurpose rooms
  • a spinning studio
  • state-of-the-art fitness equipment
  • team locker rooms
  • team meeting rooms
  • offices
  • a sports medicine suite

interior rendering of Sumers Recreation Center


Gary M. Sumers

The expansion and new facilities are made possible in part by a generous commitment from WUSTL alumnus and trustee Gary M. Sumers.

Gary M. Sumers
Gary M. Sumers

Gary M. Sumers is senior managing director and chief operating officer in the Real Estate Group of New York-based Blackstone Group. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1975 with a double major in history and political science, spending his junior year at the London School of Economics. He later earned a law degree at Northwestern University. He has been an active Washington University alumnus, serving on the Arts & Sciences National Council and the New York City Regional Cabinet, among other volunteer roles.

Sumers is a sustaining charter members of the Danforth Circle Chancellor’s Level and life patrons of the William Greenleaf Eliot Society.

Read more from Gary Sumers regarding the Athletics Complex expansion on the Leading Together website.

Construction Details

Construction began May 19, 2014 and is scheduled for completion in August, 2016

Current spaces and exercise equipment will be accessible although some disruptions will impact visitors at some point during construction. The sidewalk on Big Bend Boulevard between Forsyth Boulevard and Forest Park Parkway will be closed throughout construction.

For more information about the project, please contact David Jolley at (314) 935-5051