A student-only recreation center is nearing completion at Utah State University (USU) in Logan.
The Aggie Recreation Center, a $30 million facility, is scheduled to open in November. Among its amenities and program offerings: a fitness center with new locker rooms; an indoor running/jogging/walking track; a climbing center; cardio/weight rooms; three full-size basketball/volleyball court; study lounges and multi-media meeting rooms; a multi-activity court that can also serve as a venue for lectures, convocations, entertainment, or theatrical events;a health-themed café and lounge space; and a student health and wellness center.
The new building had its genesis in 2009, when a student was elected president of the Associate Students of USU under a platform that sought to have a new recreation facility built to supplant outdated campus space--the Health, Physical Education and Recreation building was built in 1972, and the the Nelson Field House was built in 1939.
A student referendum in 2012 backed the proposal for a new recreation center, and the state legislature approved plans in 2013.
"It was clear that USU’s recreational facilities had become outdated, had fallen behind the standards and trends of its peer institutions, and were inadequate to meet the growing demand for indoor recreation space on campus and support the healthy lifestyle activities of USU students," the university says on its web site.
Funding for the center comes from student fees and private donations. Beginning with the fall 2015 semester, students will pay a $75-per-semester fee.
Designers of the project are AJC Architects and 360 Architecture.