Reily Student Recreation Center Locker Rooms

Reily Student Recreation Center

Tulane University

31 McAlister Drive

New Orleans, Louisiana

Renovation of the locker rooms in a university recreation center
Tulane University, client
6,780 sf

Wayne Troyer FAIA

Amy Garrett

Nancy Bowden Stewart


George Long

Project Type: Commercial, Institutional, Interiors

The existing Reily Student Recreation Center–constructed in 1981–was losing favor amongst its users due to its relative age and declining infrastructure. The locker room renovation is a pivotal first step of a larger masterplan to transform the building into a cutting-edge facility that contributes to the branding and recruitment efforts of the university.

The existing men’s and women’s locker room layouts have been reconfigured to create better circulation from the main lobby to the natatorium.  Stemming from the University’s standard of meeting the needs of all individuals, three individual all-gender restrooms are located within the original footprint of the locker room, with a separate bank of lockers. Extensive coordination of existing building systems was undertaken early in the design process, as the locker rooms are encompassed by the larger building. Careful documentation allowed the team to anticipate where updates and modernization were required to realize the design and operational goals of the University.

Operations & Maintenance is  a large factor for the facility, and finishes were selected carefully to aid in minimizing upkeep in the future.