Students, faculty and staff have commented for years about the inadequate conditions of the campus recreation and leisure facilities. Results of two student needs-assessment surveys (conducted spring 1995 and spring 1998) indicated strong support for improving these facilities.
In August 1997, the vice president for student affairs formed the Campus Intramural and COST PER SQ FT$162.09FEATURED IN2005 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYPhysical-Education Facilities/Recreation Centers Advisory Committee (CIRAC), a group of faculty, staff and student representatives. Under the leadership of Kathleen Anzivino, director of campus activities and recreation, CIRAC began a comprehensive review of the university’s facilities. As part of this review, CIRAC visited recreation facilities at seven other universities and viewed slides of more than 25 other facilities.
In November 1997, the student association passed a resolution supporting construction of a new student recreation and wellness center.
Upon the recommendation of CIRAC and the approval of the vice president for student affairs and the board of regents, Brailsford and Dunlavey, a consulting firm that specializes in recreation facility planning, was hired. Studies made clear the inadequacies of the facilities, and showed the need to improve the quantity and quality of both the indoor and outdoor facilities. In a student referendum in November 1998, students approved a $75 per semester fee to support the construction and operation of a new student recreation and wellness center.
In August 1999, the planning committee recommended the architect to design the new facility.