The expanded recreation center at Northern Kentucky University includes much more space for fitness workouts Photo courtesy Northern Kentucky University

The expanded recreation center at Northern Kentucky University includes much more space for fitness workouts. (Photo courtesy Northern Kentucky University.)

Expansion More Than Doubles the Size of Northern Kentucky University's Rec Center

Renovated and expanded facility opened last week on the Highland Heights, Ky., campus.

Students, faculty and staff returning to the campus of Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights for the fall semester will be able to take advantage of a renovated and expanded recreation center.

The $48 million project resulted in a 169,314-square-foot NKU Campus Recreation Center, more than double the size of what had been available at the center. The Student Government Association approved a fee increase in 2011 to help pay for the renovation and expansion.

Among the features that will be available to students and other users of the facility: a new natatorium with an eight-lane competition pool, dive well, active shallow water area; six basketball courts;17,000 square feet of weight/fitness space; three multipurpose rooms; two racquetball courts; a separate gym for indoor soccer and floor hockey; a bouldering wall; new locker rooms; a sauna lounge; and study areas.

The project has been designed to achieve a LEED Platinum rating for energy-saving strategies and practices. Heating and cooling for the expanded and renovated parts of the center is being supplied by a geothermal system consisting of 80 wells that are 400 feet deep.

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