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.