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An expansion of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center at Penn State York is under way Photo from Penn State York
<p>An expansion of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center at Penn State York is under way. (Photo from Penn State York.)</p>

Student Center Expansion Under Way at Penn State York

$13.5 million project will provide more fitness and recreation opportunities for students.

The Penn State Board of Trustees has authorized a $13.5 million renovation and addition to the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center at Penn State York.

The project will add about 14,000 square feet to the 35,000-square-foot student center, which opened in 1968. A ceremonial groundbreaking for the project was held Tuesday.

“The completion of this project will establish a collaborative and community-driven space that addresses a number of student needs,” said Patrick Tanner, director of student and enrollment services at York. “Not only will athletic, recreation, student club and food service spaces be enhanced and updated, [but also] teaching spaces will be revitalized for an entirely new experience.”

Included in the building upgrade: a multi-activity court for off-season team practices and intramural activities, and a group fitness room for classes such as yoga and indoor cycling.

Upgrades also will be made to existing spaces such as the gymnasium, bathrooms, a game room, kinesiology classrooms and student services offices.

The university expects the upgrades will be completed in 2016.

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