Eagan Before and After
September 4, 1994, this was the first time the club that I had been building and designing and fine tuning on plans and in my head since 1988 was launching for members to walk through. I felt like I had described it, but I don't really believe anybody could understand what it was that I was talking about until they could actually physically walk through it and see it.
New clubs are so much easier than taking an existing environment and trying to manipulate what you have into what you want it to be. There's a tactile thing to design that I am really passionate about. It's the materials. It's the touch points. It's really the things that people engage with, whether it's patterns and textures working together, higher quality materials, more interest in how we lay out those materials through the space-- it's taking all of those things that I personally love to do and trying to give that to somebody else.
Design particularly is important because you have to consider all those things that will naturally invite a person to want to be in a place.
And I think what's important for any member is that they immediately are overwhelmed by the sense of possibility with regard to what they have access to. For me, one of the driving motivations around design in our clubs is more about creating a sense of pride.
We're creating spaces that are inspiring people to be healthier. Designing for that is super exciting.
I think Life Time has a phenomenal soul. I think a lot of people when they come in, they feel that connection, and that's what makes it home for them. Opening that first freestanding club, which was the work of at least half a dozen years, it was really, really a big deal. I'll never forget it.