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New Human Performance Center

Changing the Landscape of Dixie State University, and the Entire Community

by Jyl Hall

Providing the space necessary to prepare students to address the community’s growing health, fitness and recreation demands, and catering to the needs of southern Utah’s event-based tourism industry, Dixie State University’s new Human Performance Center will fill a void in southern Utah and Nevada’s current offerings.

Under construction since the end of 2017, the center is set to be completed by late summer 2019. It will house Dixie State’s health and human performance academic programs and student exercise facilities, as well as host community sporting events, in line with the University’s goal to provide “active learning. active life.” experiences to the student body and community at large.

“The Human Performance Center will change the landscape of Dixie State University — not only physically by adding a beautiful building along University Avenue, but also academically by providing state-of-the-art facilities in which the health and human performance professionals of tomorrow can train,” DSU President Richard “Biff” Williams said.

The 155,000-square-foot facility, located in front of the Student Activities Center, will house the specialized classrooms and labs DSU needs to offer health and human performance programs.

One such program, Recreation & Sport Management, is dedicated to preparing students for rewarding careers in the recreation, sport, fitness, and tourism industries. The degree will provide emphases in Sport Management, Corporate Recreation & Wellness, and Experience Industry Management.

Another program, Population Health, will focus on the health outcomes of groups of individuals and how those outcomes are distributed within those groups. The program will offer emphasis in Healthcare Administration and Public Health.

The Exercise Science program will provide students with a firm foundation in anatomy, physiology, nutrition, psychology, and biomechanics that can be applied in a variety of ways, including optimizing exercise sessions, increasing ease and productivity in everyday endeavors, preventing and fighting disease, preventing and rehabilitating injury, and training for specific athletic performances.

The Human Performance Center will also provide space for Dixie State to partner with the University of Utah to offer Physical and Occupational Therapy programs in southern Utah in another effort to meet the needs of the community and offer students an opportunity to train in the same region they hope to practice one day.

Serving as the area’s premier recreation facility, the center will be equipped to host local, regional, and state high school swim meets, Huntsman World Senior Games competitions, and other community-sponsored athletic events. The center will also feature a 50-meter Olympic-sized swimming pool with deck and spectator space, making it the only pool in southern Utah to meet NCAA requirements to host Division II meets, and only the second in Utah to do so.

In addition to housing Dixie State’s Campus Recreation and Intramural programs, the building will include exercise facilities such as basketball courts, an indoor hockey and soccer space, a student fitness center, a massive climbing wall, and an indoor track that connects to an open-air rooftop via a suspended sprint track. Additionally, the roof will provide space where the University can host special events outside.

“The entire Dixie State University community is excited for the Human Performance Center as construction progresses on this project,” Williams said. “We are eager to share this valuable resource with the community and see how it makes Trailblazer Nation an even better place to learn, recreate, and live.”

For more information about Dixie State University’s Department of Health and Human Performance, visit

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