Towson University Recreation Expansion Plan Includes American Ninja Warrior-Style Obstacle Course

Expansion of Burdick Hall will expand recreational and fitness opportunities at Towson University Rendering courtesy Towson University
(Rendering by HOK) <p>Expansion of Burdick Hall will expand recreational and fitness opportunities at Towson University. (Rendering courtesy Towson University.)</p>

Towson University in Towson, Maryland, is planning an expansion of recreation programs and services with a 94,000-square-foot expansion of Burdick Hall.

University officials said construction of the addition is scheduled to begin in August. When the project is finished, Burdick Hall will have two multi-purpose athletic courts, an elevated sprint hill, a mind and body studio for yoga and Pilates classes, a dedicated cycling studio, a combat studio, an American Ninja Warrior-style obstacle course, and 22,000 square feet of fitness space for strength, cardio and functional training.

The project also includes an 8,000-square-foot renovation to update existing offices and the mezzanine level of the existing fitness center.

HOK, the architect of record for the project, said it anticipates that the design of the addition will receive a LEED silver rating for environmentally friendly elements. Burdick Hall will remain open during construction of the addition. The project is scheduled for completion in 2017.

“It’s going to be a huge recruiting tool,” said Tia Freiburger, assistant director of facilities and operations for Campus Recreation Services. “Students will come to Towson and be really excited about all the opportunities this allows them to have.”

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