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Health & Wellness Center

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The Health and Wellness Center project included the renovation of Old P.E. and an addition of nearly 80,000 square feet of academic, recreational and athletic space. The recreation center is a 45,000 square feet addition to the Old P.E. building, comprising of a two-court gymnasium with an elevated track, two racquetball courts, three multipurpose rooms, a 2,400 square foot strength and weight training area, a 3,600 square feet cardiovascular area, a 40 foot high by 40 feet wide rock climbing wall, new locker rooms for the recreation facility and the existing pool and gymnasium, an equipment check-out area, and office space for campus recreation.

The project also added 25,000 square feet of new academic space, including three tiered classrooms, a kinesiology lab, a multipurpose room, two general purpose rooms and four standard classrooms. The football program now occupies 8,000 square feet of new space. The new space houses all of the coaches centrally, and includes a more comprehensive training room, improved locker room, and laundry and equipment storage space. Finally, the existing Old P.E. building was renovated to upgrade heating, venting and electrical in the building, provide needed seismic upgrades to the building, replace the liner in the existing pool, and a therapy pool was added to the pool deck. Office areas for the Health and Physical Education Division and the Dance faculty were upgraded as part of the renovation.

In pursuit of LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the Health and Wellness Center employs numerous sustainable features, from the management of stormwater runoff to the use of natural ventilation in the building. As part of the overall project, the existing Old P.E. Building was renovated with improved exterior thermal performance, the introduction of high performance chilled beams and new lighting throughout. The natatorium was renovated with new pool equipment and the introduction of a heat recovery unit that extracts energy off the exhaust air which is used to preheat the incoming fresh air.

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