Fee Hike Approved for Recreation Center Improvements at North Carolina State University

A conceptual drawing of plans for an addition to the Carmichael Recreation Complex Rendering from North Carolina State University
<p>A conceptual drawing of plans for an addition to the Carmichael Recreation Complex. (<em>Rendering from North Carolina State University</em>)</p>

The student senate at North Carolina State University in Raleigh has approved a fee increase of $47.50 per student per semester to help pay for renovations and additions at the university's Carmichael Recreation Center.

The Technician, the student newspaper at NC State, said the $44 million renovation plan will add 8,000 square feet of functional training areas with a sprint ramp, 12,000 square feet of fitness space, a wellness suite, a rock wall, more personal training and small group spaces. The project also will connect the gym and the Recreation Center to provide easier access.

The university also would complete some of the more than $7.5 million in deferred maintenance projects that have been identified in the facility. Some of the safety issues to be addressed: replacing an outdated fire alarm system, adding a sprinkler system throughout the Carmichael Gymnasium, removing asbestos-containing materials throughout the complex, adding an elevator to make the facility accessible for individuals in wheelchairs. and improving utility infrastructure.

The Carmichael Complex sees more than 1 million visits annually, the university said.

A survey of NC State students found that 92 percent believed improved recreation and fitness facilities on campus are a “medium to high” priority in the next five to 10 years; 71 percent of students said it would be “moderately to very helpful” to have access to health and wellness resources in one location.

The project is scheduled to be completed in 2020.

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