Plans for additional recreational space at the University of Mississippi would complement programs offered at the Turner Center on the Oxford campus University of Mississippi

Plans for additional recreational space at the University of Mississippi would complement programs offered at the Turner Center on the Oxford campus. (University of Mississippi)

University of Mississippi Will Convert Former Whirlpool Plant for Expanded Recreation Space

The new facility near the University of Mississippi will be a complement to the existing Turner Center.

The University of Mississippi plans to renovate part of an old Whirlpool plant near the main campus in Oxford to expand recreational offerings.

The Oxford Citizen reported that the facility would house recreation space and a transportation hub.

Ian Banner, campus architect and director of facilities planning for the university, told the paper that the Turner Center, which is the existing 155,000-square-foot recreation center that opened in 1983, cannot be expanded. The new facility will be a complement to the Turner Center and will include typical recreational spaces such as courts and climbing areas.

The timeline for carrying out the construction is two to three years, and the cost is projected to be in the low $20 millions, Banner said.

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