The approved budget was based on estimates from a construction manager who prepared a conceptual estimate of probable cost Photo courtesy University of Connecticut

The approved budget was based on estimates from a construction manager who prepared a conceptual estimate of probable cost. (Photo courtesy University of Connecticut.)

UConn Board Approves Revised Planning Budget for $100 Million Student Rec Center

The project is currently in the design phase and is expected to open in 2019.

The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees have approved a revised planning budget of $11 million for planning and design of its new student recreation center, according to a CBS Connecticut report.

The budget was approved Wednesday after a recommendation from UConn Executive Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial Officer Scott Jordan and Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Mun Choi. The approved budget was based on estimates by a construction manager who prepared a conceptual estimate of probable cost. The project is currently in the design phase and has an anticipated budget of $100 million financed through revenue bonds and backed by the commitment of student fees.

The recommendation reveals line-item details breaking down the center's projected cost. Construction costs account for $75 million, design services for $8.44 million, and furniture, fixtures and equipment for $2.52 million in the projection. The approved revised planning budget adds an additional $160,000 to the furniture, fixture and equipment projection.

The planned facility will be about 200,000 square feet on three floors and will be located in the center of the UConn campus where a 45-year-old residence hall currently stands. The facility is expected to include activity spaces for cardio and strength training activities, squash and racquetball courts, basketball courts, a running track, a multipurpose sports area, an aquatics center, indoor and outdoor spaces for club sports, and flexible space for use by students and the UConn community, according to the recommendation sent to the board by Jordan and Choi.

Construction is expected to begin in April 2017, and the center is expected to be ready for occupancy in January 2019. The project is under review for a determination regarding a project labor agreement.

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