A year ago, it wasn't much more than a bold idea.
Today, Sacramento State's new Recreation, Wellness
and Events Center is quickly becoming a reality.
A lead gift of $10 million has been committed by Alex and Faye Spanos, and additional major gifts are in the works. Nationally renowned architectural firm Ellerbe Becket has been brought on board, and hundreds of hours of meetings with students
in the spring have led to concepts and detailed plans for blending all the activities. The next step is detailed blueprints.
The RWEC-which will include a recreation center, health and wellness center, and multipurpose arena-is a key to Destination 2010, an initiative to turn the campus into a premier
metropolitan university and a destination campus for the West. The facility is intended to significantly enhance the overall
student experience on campus even as it builds new ties between the University and the Sacramento community.
The first portion, the recreation and health centers, is scheduled
to open in mid-2008. It will be just to the north of the University's stadium. The new events facility, with seating for up to 8,000, is scheduled to open sometime the following year. It will be just to the east of the stadium.
A new stadium is also being designed in conjunction with the RWEC. The first phase of that project is due to be completed in 2010.
The RWEC is shaping up to be a facility that will change both the face and character of the campus, which is what student leaders hoped for when they asked fellow students to help fund it in 2004. Students ultimately voted to support the idea, with a promise from Sac State President Alexander Gonzalez that he would seek additional private funding."The Recreation, Wellness, and Events Center is far more than the simple addition of a building to the campus," then-Associated Students President Peter Ucovich said at the time. "It is a statement of pride and community. Interviews, surveys and focus groups have all shown students want a facility like the RWEC."
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