Virginia Wesleyan University

We chose Stanmar, Inc. to design and build our building because we felt they were the best around. We wanted someone who had experience in this area and Stanmar, Inc.’s know-how was a strength. When you look at our new building, there’s a definite feeling that it belongs on campus. Our student center is the finest facility in our league by far. In fact, our facility is the talk of the whole state of Virginia!

Dr. William T. Greer, Jr., Virginia Wesleyan University


Our in-house design team thrives on developing multipurpose facilities in challenging situations. When Virginia Wesleyan University decided to update and combine their social, athletic, and recreational needs into one facility, the only site available had many constraints due to existing buildings. They turned to us because of our expertise and track record of value driven creative solutions. To accommodate their desired programs, we demolished part of the existing Cunningham Gymnasium, built around what was left, and emerged with a Student Center equipped with everything from an aquarium to a dining hall to a competition arena.


  • 1150 seat Arena with One Competition Court, Three Practice Courts, and Three Volleyball Courts
  • Elevated Jogging Track
  • Hospitality Suite Overlooking the Arena
  • Ticket Booth
  • Concession Stand
  • 40 ft. high rock-climbing wall
  • Fitness Center with Large Aerobics Room
  • Natatorium Featuring 8-lane, 25 yard Lap Pool, Whirlpool, Swim Coach Office, Locker Rooms, and Saunas
  • Lobby with Lounge and Control Desk
  • Town Square Featuring a 7,500 Gallon Aquarium, Clock Tower and Grand Stairway
  • Campus Dining Center, the “Marlin Sports Grill”
  • Campus Bookstore
  • Counseling Center
  • Classrooms, Leisure Studies and Student Organization offices
  • Athletic Staff Offices & Conference Rooms