ASU Breaks Ground on New Student Recreation/Wellness Center

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas State University is set to begin construction on a new Student Recreation & Wellness Center.  ASU officials gathered on-campus today to break ground on the $18 million facility.

Jonesboro campus Chancellor Dr. Robert Potts said, "While students come to ASU-Jonesboro for a university education, they also need to sustain and develop themselves physically.  The Student Recreation and Wellness Center will quickly become an effective and popular venue for promoting healthy lifestyles.  In addition, the Student Recreation and Wellness Center should enhance ASU-Jonesboro's ability to recruit talented students in the years to come, because this center will also become an important center for social interaction."

The center is designed as a 74,000-square-foot structure that will house multiple amenities for students.  The fitness club that is currently located in the Student Union will be moved to the new facility, which will also house all indoor intramural sports programs currently conducted in the HPESS building.  Participation in intramural sports programs has almost doubled at ASU since the fall semester of 2004.

The new facility will also have two levels and will be equipped to outfit an aquatics center in the future.  The lower level will house approximately 17,000 square feet of cardiovascular and strength training equipment, three basketball/volleyball courts, one multi-purpose activity court, office space, locker rooms, and wellness assessment rooms.  The upper level will house a three-lane walking/running track, as well as meeting rooms and exercise classroom space.

Construction on the facility will give the ASU campus approximately 60,000 additional square feet of recreation space than is currently available.

All ASU-Jonesboro students will be able to use the facility by presenting a valid ASU ID.  Faculty and staff members may purchase memberships to the facility, and those memberships will allow them to access all areas and programs that are offered.

Construction on the center will begin this summer, and is expected to be completed by the beginning of the Spring 2010 semester.