A conceptual drawing of a new recreation facility planned for the University of Memphis Rendering from University of Memphis

A conceptual drawing of a new recreation facility planned for the University of Memphis. (Rendering from University of Memphis.)

Tennessee Commission Approves Design for New University of Memphis Recreation Center

The project calls for replacing the existing Student Recreation and Fitness Center with a 192,000-square-foot complex.

The Tennessee State Building Commission has approved design plans for a $62 million recreational facility at the University of Memphis.

The project calls for replacing the existing Student Recreation and Fitness Center with a 192,000-square-foot complex that would open in 2018.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that the new center will have four indoor basketball courts, four racquetball courts, five multi-use studios for special fitness programs, large open fitness areas on two levels for various fitness equipment and strength training, and a natatorium with an eight-lane, 25-yard pool. It also will have administrative and support spaces.

The facility will be two stories tall and will have a mezzanine consisting of a one-third-mile running track suspended above the lower floors. Outdoor areas will include two basketball courts, two volleyball courts, six tennis courts and two large sports fields.

The architects are The Crump Firm and HOK. Architect Metcalf Crump told the building commission that the existing student recreation center, built in the 1960s, is “outdated and worn out.”

Funding for construction of the new center is coming from a a student fee increase of $307 that began in 2014-2015. The Student Government Association approved the fee hike last year.

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