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The College of William amp Mary plans to open a wellness center in 2018 with construction to begin in spring 2017 Rendering courtesy College of William amp Mary
<p>The College of William &amp; Mary plans to open a wellness center in 2018 with construction to begin in spring 2017. (Rendering courtesy College of William &amp; Mary.)</p>

College of William & Mary to Build Wellness Center Separate from Rec Center

The College of William &amp;&nbsp;Mary plans to open a $17 million, 28,600-square-foot wellness center in 2018, but the center will not include fitness offerings, which will continue to be offered in the LEED-certified rec center built in 2006. &nbsp;

The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, will have a new $17 million, 28,600-square-foot wellness center in 2018.

Construction is slated to begin in spring 2017 on the McLeod Tyler Wellness Center, which is named for two philanthropist alumni who are supporters of the campus’ recreation programs and facilities. The space will provide a centralized place for the William and Mary community's wellness needs through services and workshops, according to an article in the Virginia Gazette.

Exercise classes and equipment will not be part of the wellness facility. Instead, they will remain in the student recreation center, which was renovated and added onto in 2006 for a cost of $11.5 million. The rec center has 10,000-square-feet of cardio and strength equipment and a two-story rock climbing wall, and it is LEED-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, according to the college

"It will be thrilling to see the work progress on the [Bee] McLeod [and Goody] Tyler Wellness Center over the next year,” Matthew T. Lambert, vice president of university advancement for William & Mary, said in a press release. "There is much to celebrate, including the fact that all of the health- and wellness-based programming for students will soon be housed for the first time under one roof. We are very thankful to Bee and Goody for their vision in helping the university build one of the best campus wellness centers in the nation."

Both McLeod and Tyler have contributed to For the Bold, the most ambitious fundraising initiative launched at William & Mary in its 320-year-plus history.

The wellness center is intended to aid students in their health and well-being during and after their time on campus and “help students integrate a wide range of wellness practices into their daily lives," Erin Zagursky, associate director of university news, told the Gazette.

The center will offer workshops in individual reflection and yoga, and it will include rooms for meditation and massage, she said. The Student Health Center, which offers primary-care services, also will move into the new facility.

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