The University of Connecticut has selected a site on the Storrs campus where it will construct a new $100 million Student Recreation Center.
Officials say the facility, which will have about 200,000 square feet of space on three floors, will be built in the center of campus. The facility is scheduled to open in fall 2019 on land where the aging Connecticut Commons residence halls now stand. The 45-year-old residence hall complex will be demolished by summer 2017 to make way for the recreation center, The Daily Campus reports.
The new facility will feature a fitness center that will be more than 20,000 square feet. It will have five full-size basketball courts, a running track, an aquatics center with a 50-meter swimming pool, a wellness center, squash and racquetball courts, space for club sports and other flexible spaces to support UConn’s recreation programs and activities.
“We are excited to begin the design and development phase of this exciting project,” says Cynthia Costanzo, executive director of UConn Recreation. "The new recreation center will be a destination facility for the entire UConn community."
Plans for the recreation center were developed come after students repeatedly expressed concerns that the space and amenities at the existing recreation center were inadequate.
In addition to the new recreation center, the project will include building a multipurpose outdoor recreation field. The entire project is projected to cost about $100 million and will be repaid through student fees, which are not to exceed $250 per semester for full-time undergraduate students and not to exceed $200 per semester for graduate students. Those fees will not be imposed until the building opens.