An expansion of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center at Penn State York is under way Photo from Penn State York

An expansion of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center at Penn State York is under way. (Photo from Penn State York.)

Student Center Expansion Under Way at Penn State York

$13.5 million project will provide more fitness and recreation opportunities for students.

The Penn State Board of Trustees has authorized a $13.5 million renovation and addition to the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center at Penn State York.

The project will add about 14,000 square feet to the 35,000-square-foot student center, which opened in 1968. A ceremonial groundbreaking for the project was held Tuesday.

“The completion of this project will establish a collaborative and community-driven space that addresses a number of student needs,” said Patrick Tanner, director of student and enrollment services at York. “Not only will athletic, recreation, student club and food service spaces be enhanced and updated, [but also] teaching spaces will be revitalized for an entirely new experience.”

Included in the building upgrade: a multi-activity court for off-season team practices and intramural activities, and a group fitness room for classes such as yoga and indoor cycling.

Upgrades also will be made to existing spaces such as the gymnasium, bathrooms, a game room, kinesiology classrooms and student services offices.

The university expects the upgrades will be completed in 2016.

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