Joanna Prociuk, the director of University Recreation at Jacksonville State University (JSU), enjoyed working with the Moody Nolan team because they were open to collaborating, and embraced the creative process they envisioned for their project. Read more about the benefit of their partnership below.
Campus Rec: How long have you been a Moody Nolan customer?
Joanna Prociuk: I believe this was their first project at JSU, but CENTERS, LLC and Brailsford & Dunlavey Inc. have partnered with Moody Nolan on several recreation projects in the past.
CR: How were you introduced to Moody Nolan, and why did you decide to work with them?
JP: The Moody Nolan team was open to collaborating and embraced the creative process we were envisioning for the project. It is important to note that JSU hired Brailsford & Dunlavey Inc. to manage the entire project, which included hiring the general contractor and architect. CENTERS, LLC was then hired 16 months prior to opening to consult on the planning process, and to serve as operator, eventually representing the department of University Recreation. I joined CENTERS less than a year before the opening and worked closely with the project team to ensure the design met the operational standards and programmatic needs developed through our business planning process.
CR: What are the benefits to your rec center as a result of this partnership?
JP: A very thoughtful approach resulted in a highly functional and creative design that supports our financial model and business plan so our operating team can deliver on serving the entire JSU community for many years.
CR: What are the benefits to your members as a result of this partnership?
JP: As soon as you enter, the design showcases many of the activity areas and effectively connects with the campus culture to create an inviting space, custom to JSU.
CR: Have you been pleasantly surprised by working with Moody Nolan in any way?
JP: Personally, not surprised, but very appreciative of their professionalism, creativity and attentiveness. The project was delivered on a very short timeline and Moody Nolan was a great match for the aggressive schedule.
CR: What else can you tell other rec center professionals about the benefits of working with Moody Nolan?
JP: We were not interested in a canned or conventional approach, and they demonstrated they weren’t either by the ideas they presented and openness to ours. Together, we made a great team.