Two months after opening, the Student Recreation and Wellness Center at Radford University in Radford, VA, is on its way to becoming one of the more popular spots on campus.
“This definitely will be one of the primary showpieces on campus,” says Barry Miller, director of student recreation and wellness at Radford.
The $32 million, 115,000-square-foot facility, which opened on Dec. 1, was paid for with student fees that have been collected for several years. The center provides Radford’s 9,800 students with health and fitness opportunities that had not been available on campus.
“We had a couple of small fitness centers,” says Miller, “but it was pretty limited. We had nothing like the kinds of recreation and wellness centers you see on college campuses today.”
In addition to fitness and wellness offerings, the center will house the university’s intramural, outdoors and sports club programs. The facility includes a three-court gym, a multipurpose activity court, two racquetball courts, 15,000 square feet of strength and cardio fitness space, four group exercise/fitness studios and an inclined indoor running track.
“The number of fitness classes we offer have tripled because we now have four studios,” Miller says.
The result? In the first several weeks of operation, the center has experienced traffic of more than 10,000 students a week, Miller says.
Among the most popular features so far, Miller says, is the two-level inclined indoor running track, which offers runners plenty of scenic views as they complete their laps.
“The views are great,” says Miller. “From the top floor you can see all kinds of views.”