CSU–Pueblo breaks ground for new Student Recreation Center

In response to an assessment of student life needs at Colorado State University-Pueblo, the University will break ground on a new, student-funded $10.1 million Student Recreation Center (SRC) on Thursday. The facility is expected to be completed by June of 2008.

Representatives of the student body, administration, campus facilities, architects, and contractors will symbolically begin the dirt work at 4 p.m. on Thursday (July 19) just south of Massari Arena to begin construction of the two-level, 43,000-square-foot project, which will be implemented as a connected and jointly operated building to the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation(HPER)/ Building and the Sam Jones Recreation Center.

A campus task force in December 2003 identified a Student Recreation Center for general student use as the highest priority long range project. The University currently is not able to adequately meet the recreation, intramural, and wellness needs of the student body due to extreme pressure that is placed on the existing HPER facilities. In the past, the gym was only available for open recreational use when it was not scheduled for a for-credit class, an intramural program, a varsity athletic event, or a special community event.

The building will be funded by students for use by students. In spring 2005, the Associated Student Government Senate and subsequently the Board of Governors approved a $10 per credit hour mandatory Student Facility Fee. The fee was implemented in the fall of 2005, and a portion of the revenue generated was used to develop a program plan for construction of the Center. A
committee consisting of student, staff, facilities management, and faculty representatives was created to work with a consultant team, which gathered input from student, staff, and faculty focus groups and from an on-line survey delivered via the CSU-Pueblo website.

The SRC building will feature:
• Cardiovascular and strength & conditioning areas
• An aerobics dance room
• Experiential Learning Center Programs, meeting area and equipment rental space
• A multi-court gymnasium with an elevated 1/9th mile running track
• Locker rooms
• Unisex changing room
• A lounge with café and outdoor seating
• Multi-purpose room
• A health/wellness/nutrition suite, and control desk/reception area.
• The existing racquetball courts and swimming pool areas will receive some renovation as part of the project.

President Joseph Garcia said that he was proud of the students for stepping up to help improve the campus environment by creating additional recreational space, which has become even more limited with the current renovation of Massari Arena.

“The Student Recreational Building will provide up-to-date fitness, health and wellness programming and activities, expand and improve facilities and programs for indoor intramural programs and club recreation needs, as well as enhance the image of the University and its ability to recruit and retain students,” Garcia said. “What’s exciting about this groundbreaking is that it will be the first of many over the next several months as we attempt to change the face of the campus and with it, the image of the University.”

When the Student Recreation Center is opened, students will use it at no charge, and memberships will be available for sale to University faculty and staff and to community members.

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