Students, faculty and staff returning to the campus of Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights for the fall semester will be able to take advantage of a renovated and expanded recreation center.
The $48 million project resulted in a 169,314-square-foot NKU Campus Recreation Center, more than double the size of what had been available at the center. The Student Government Association approved a fee increase in 2011 to help pay for the renovation and expansion.
Among the features that will be available to students and other users of the facility: a new natatorium with an eight-lane competition pool, dive well, active shallow water area; six basketball courts;17,000 square feet of weight/fitness space; three multipurpose rooms; two racquetball courts; a separate gym for indoor soccer and floor hockey; a bouldering wall; new locker rooms; a sauna lounge; and study areas.
The project has been designed to achieve a LEED Platinum rating for energy-saving strategies and practices. Heating and cooling for the expanded and renovated parts of the center is being supplied by a geothermal system consisting of 80 wells that are 400 feet deep.