Student Recreation and Fitness Center

Student Recreation and Fitness Center

"We want our students to be active, to be fit, and to be well, and this facility will make that happen. The student recreation and fitness center is the perfect complement to our dynamic living and learning environment on campus."
CHRIS HOWARD, PRESIDENT OF RMU

The student recreation and fitness center at the campus's North Athletic Complex will add two indoor intramural basketball courts, a fully-equipped weight room and cardio room, two exercise studios, and men's and women's locker rooms, all for general student use.

The 2-story building will also house offices for intramural sports, plus practice and storage rooms for the band, new locker rooms for the Colonials men's and women's soccer teams, and offices for soccer and softball coaches.

"We are thrilled to be able to provide our students with a world-class fitness center, which will provide the space that students have been seeking for sports and recreation. We have a very physically active campus, even among non-athletes, and we are happy to give them what they need."
JOHN MICHALENKO, VICE PRESIDENT OF STUDENT LIFE AND DEAN OF STUDENTS

"Our new recreation and fitness center will provide our students with a convenient place to stay active with their peers, relieve stress, have fun, and create memories during their time on campus."
ARMAND BUZZELLI, DIRECTOR, CAMPUS RECREATION



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHY DOES RMU NEED A NEW RECREATION AND FITNESS CENTER?
A new recreation and fitness center contributes to an enhanced student and student-athlete experience. The significant enhancements of a modern facility will make for a better experience for the student body, and also for the faculty and staff. It will provide the exercise and training amenities that prospective students now expect when considering where to enroll. The main student exercise facility is now in Jefferson Center, which is more than 50 years old. Yorktown Hall also has exercise facilities, but they are not conveniently located for students on the main campus.

WHAT ARE THE PLANNED USES FOR THE CENTER?
As a university asset, the new recreation and fitness center will be a central place for our student body to engage in health and wellness activities and our indoor intramural sports. It will be fully equipped with all the amenities of a first-rate recreation and fitness center with approximately 40,000 square feet of programming and exercise space. The center will enhance the overall campus experience, a concern the university is constantly looking to address.

HOW DOES THE RECREATION AND FITNESS CENTER FIT THE UNIVERSITY STRATEGIC PLANNING?
The recreation and fitness center is a priority of the RMU Board of Trustees. It is expected to significantly transform the campus community.

WHERE IS THE LOCATION OF THE BUILDING?
The center will be located on the current North Athletic Complex grounds.

WHAT IS THE TOTAL CONSTRUCTION COST OF THE RECREATION AND FITNESS CENTER?
$7 million, all raised from individual and corporate donors.

How much will this project affect the university operating budget, and what will it do to tuition?
The fitness center's construction is paid for by corporate and private donors and state development funding. The Student Government Association voted in 2016 to authorize a new per-student fee beginning in Fall 2017 to cover the center's annual operating budget. The fee is $125 per semester for residential undergraduate students and $60 per semester for commuters.

Do students want a new center?
A 2013 student survey conducted by the Student Government Association found strong support for building a new facility. In November 2016, SGA voted overwhelmingly in favor of formal plans for the center, as well as a plan to enact a new student fee to support its operations.

WHAT WILL THE FACILITY CONSIST OF?
It will have expanded free weight and cardio exercise rooms for weight training and fitness instruction, and two rooms for group exercise, Zumba, yoga, and wellness programs. There will be space for recreational sports such as volleyball, basketball, and indoor soccer, and modern locker rooms with private showers as well. The center will also include an indoor social gathering and programming space and outdoor patio with a healthy food and beverage center. The recreation and fitness center will have dedicated space for three of our NCAA Division I sports teams: men’s and women’s soccer and women’s softball. They will house their offices and locker rooms in the new building.

WHAT IS THE RESIDUAL IMPACT OF THIS BUILDING, BOTH FOR STUDENT-ATHLETES AND THE OVERALL STUDENT BODY?
Today’s consumers, which include students, expect a top-tier experience when they enroll at a university, and this recreation and fitness center will meet those needs. RMU attracts interest from students nationally and internationally for our academic reputation, quality of professional preparation, and the overall beauty of the campus. Building a recreation and fitness center that is state-of-the-art will make our campus even more attractive to the student body and future students.

WILL THERE BE PARKING AT THE FACILITY?
Yes, there will be parking next to the building.

WHEN WILL THE RECREATION AND FITNESS CENTER BE COMPLETED?
Fall of 2017

HOW CAN INTERESTED DONORS GET INVOLVED?
Contact Matt Millet, Vice President for Development at millet@rmu.edu or 412-397-6406