The Board of Trustees at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, has approved construction plans for a new recreation facility that has been part of the campus plan for more than a decade.
The Kruse Recreation Center will be a 36,000-square-foot student recreation and activities facility on the community college's Brenham campus. The facility will include space for general fitness, dance and yoga, kinesiology classes, student organization meetings, weightlifting and fitness space, and multipurpose rooms for community events and meetings.
The center also will have a gymnasium that will serve as the home court for the college's volleyball and basketball games.
Officials expect to break ground on the center in spring 2016 and expect the facility will open by fall 2017. Blinn College and the Blinn Foundation will partner to cover the $11.4 million cost of the project. Blinn has committed $5.5 million, and the Blinn Foundation will raise the remaining costs.
The board said that the campus recreation facility will be a strong tool in recruiting students.
“The Kruse Center will provide Blinn with a tremendous advantage in recruiting and retaining students on our Brenham campus,” said David Sommer, board president. “Facilities like the Kruse Center allow Blinn to attract motivated, high-energy students not only with our outstanding academic reputation, but with a vibrant, active residential community. We are excited for the Kruse Center to become a dynamic location where students can learn and grow outside the classroom.”