The Sumers Recreation Center is scheduled to open in 2016 at Washington University in St Louis Rendering from Washington University in St Louis

The Sumers Recreation Center is scheduled to open in 2016 at Washington University in St. Louis. (Rendering from Washington University in St. Louis)

Recreation Center Under Construction at Washington University in St. Louis

The Gary and Rachel Sumers Recreation Center is part of a $54 million upgrade of fitness and recreation space.

The Gary and Rachel Sumers Recreation Center, now being built at Washington University in St. Louis, will add more than 60,000 square feet to the school's athletic complex.

The recreation center is part of a $54 million project to upgrade the university's athletic complex. The school also is renovating another 50,000 square feet of existing fitness and recreation space.

When it is completed in 2016, the Sumers Center will have such amenities as a suspended jogging track, a three-court gymnasium, two multipurpose rooms, an indoor cycle studio, state-of-the-art fitness equipment, team locker rooms, meeting rooms, offices and a sports medicine suite. The athletic complex was last renovated in 1985, the university said.

"We want our students to lead healthy, well-balanced lives, and the Sumers Recreation Center, with its state-of-the-art facilities, will promote this important goal," said Justin Carroll, associate vice chancellor for students.

The center is being named in honor of Washington University alumnus and trustee Gary Sumers and his wife, Rachel. They have donated $12 million to the school to help pay for the new facilities.

The project has been designed to achieve LEED certification of at least the silver level. The architects are Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Hastings+Chivetta.

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