The University of North Carolina Greensboro is building a new campus recreation center that will more than double the space of the existing facility.
Student fees will pay for the $91 million project, which is scheduled to open in 2016. The facility will grow from 90,000 square feet in the existing facility, which opened in 1992, to 216,000 square feet in the new space.
University officials said the existing space is inadequate when compared with other schools in the University of North Carolina system. The Greensboro facility is able to accommodate only 50 percent to 65 percent of the student demand for fitness activities.
Features planned for the facility include:
- Weight and fitness areas
- Several gymnasiums with wood floors
- Games and table tennis area
- Multi-activity court for indoor sports and special events
- Cycle studios
- Two racquetball courts
- Climbing wall with boulder and anchored climbing
- Natatorium with lap lane pool, leisure pool and exterior deck
- Fitness assessment and personal training space
- Elevated three-lane jogging track (1/8 mile)
- Roof patio for outdoor classes and events
- Mat room (for activities such as martial arts and wrestling)
- Meeting rooms and office space
The new center also will be able to host campus events such as concerts, dances and career fairs. The facility will respond to and continue to work with academic areas in developing partnerships. To pay for the recreation center, students are being charged $435 annually in facilities fees. When the center is completed, an additional activities fee will be assessed to operate and maintain the facility.
Video: The University of North Carolina Greensboro presents plans for its new recreation center.