April 9, 2007
Plans completed for new Rec Center
Sacramento State is one step closer to breaking ground on a 150,000 square-foot Recreation and Wellness Center, an innovative facility that will combine exercise offerings with a state-of-the-art student health center.
If CSU Board of Trustees approves details, work to start next year
In May, campus officials will take the schematic drawings and funding plan for the $71 million project to the CSU Board of Trustees for final approval, which would allow work to begin next March.
Plans for the student-funded center received a go-ahead late last week from a campus advisory board of students, community members and University staff. And architectural renderings for the center have already received a positive review from the California State University system’s capital planning and design committee in March.
The new drawings, renderings and other details about the center are available online at www.SpanosSportsComplex.com.
The Recreation and Wellness Center is part of the Spanos Sports Complex at the south end of campus, a multi-phase project for which the University has secured more than $25 million in private support. The center is funded primarily through a student fee approved by students in a 2005 referendum.
The first phase of the Complex, the Broad Athletic Facility, should be completed in March 2008. That will allow demolition of the field house currently on the site where the Recreation and Wellness Center will be built.
At 150,000 square feet, Sacramento State’s facility will be the largest such center in the CSU system. It could also be the first campus building to be certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, which recognizes “green” features such as sustainable site development and indoor environmental quality. As designed, the facility should be able to meet criteria for a LEED silver certification for new building construction.
The center—which is expected to be open in August 2010—will provide a range of recreation options for students including workout facilities with both cardio and weight equipment, a climbing wall, an elevated indoor track, multiple-use athletic courts for intramural sports, and fitness classrooms. There will also be locker rooms, a child care center, meeting rooms, a café, and space for equipment rental and recreational sports offices.
It also will also feature a full-service student wellness center integrated with the recreation center—students can see a doctor who in turn can make them an appointment with a fitness trainer. It will have examination rooms, and facilities for x-ray, nutrition counseling, sports medicine, physical therapy and optometry. Outside, a large quad will connect the center with the University Union and Tahoe Hall.
For more information on the Recreation and Wellness Center, visit www.SpanosSportsComplex.com. Media assistance is available by contacting the Sacramento State public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.