Student Recreation Center receives final state approval

February 14 2007

Indiana State University received final state approval Wednesday (Feb. 14) for a $21.7 million Student Recreation Center.

The State Budget Committee approved the 109,420-square-foot facility which will house a three-court gymnasium, a recreation aquatics facility, fitness center, climbing wall, elevated jogging/running track, multi-purpose activity rooms and a multi-activity court in addition to locker facilities. The center will be located across from Lincoln Quad.

"The construction of the Student Recreation Center will enhance the wellness of our students. It supports Gov. Mitch Daniel's INShape Indiana initiative and allows areas such as Recreational Sports to expand their offerings. I am sure it will become a central gathering place for all of our students, whether they live on campus or commute," said Lloyd W. Benjamin III, president of Indiana State University.

Benjamin indicated that the idea for the student recreation center grew out of a review of amenities offered to students as part of a broader initiative to increase enrollment. The project received early support from student leaders on campus who agreed that more recreational opportunities were needed.

Although no state funding will be used to construct the facility, state approvals are required before construction can begin.

"We are grateful for the legislative support given to this project, especially from our local representative, Clyde Kersey, in moving this project forward. It has been two years of hard work on behalf of a number of people to make this a reality for our students," Benjamin said.

"The Student Government Association is excited to have been involved in this process," said A.J. Patton, SGA president. "The recreation center is really special. It symbolizes growth within the university and a new spirit of cooperation between student government and the administration. This project also shows the transition ISU is making in becoming one of the leading institutions in the Midwest."

Private fundraising will cover $6.5 million of the facility's cost while the remainder will be paid through student fees.

Now that the Student Recreation Center has received the needed approvals, the project will go out to bid. Plans call for construction to begin in late spring, with completion targeted for 2009.

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Contact: Teresa Exline, University Spokesperson, (812) 237-7783 or texline@indstate.edu

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communication & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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Construction of a new Student Recreation Center is expected to begin this spring following final approval of the $21.7 million project by the State Budget Committee. The more than 109,000-square-foot facility will bring together existing fitness facilities and replace outdated indoor venues. The center will be financed via student fees and private fundraising.

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