Athletic and Wellness Center takes shape
New facility is scheduled to be open for students next spring
The Office of Facilities Management reports that the construction of the Athletic and Wellness Center is 85 percent complete and is on schedule for a grand opening next spring.
John McEnrue (Facilities Management) said to date that all the major heating and cooling systems are in place and that interior color selections are now being finalized. In addition, the translucent blue Calwall which surrounds the upper portion of the new building, is in place and cast stone window sills are being installed.
Paving of the west half of the South parking lot (#37) has also begun and the West entrance of campus is scheduled to open mid-July. As a part of that project, the current entrance to campus via Southside Avenue will close. These changes are designed to ease traffic conditions on campus and in the Village of New Paltz.
Stuart Robinson (Director of Athletics, Recreation and Intramurals) said that he and his staff have begun to order the equipment that will be used in the new building.
"This will be a state-of-the-art facility, with computer stations that give read outs of total body fat and heart rate," said Robinson, "and there will be ARC trainers -- total body workout machines -- for the upper and lower body."
The building is laid out with a cardiovascular wellness center at one semicircle end, and a weight training fitness center at the other. These two areas are connected with the overhead, Calwall-enclosed running track (Nine times around makes 1 mile.) above a varsity basketball/volleyball court.
McEnrue said the indoor track will incorporate the school colors -- orange and blue -- and there will be a connection to the past with a photo gallery of New Paltz's celebrated athletes.
"School spirit and the college's colors are prominent throughout," he said.
The entire complex of 57,000 square feet will be fully air-conditioned.
For more information about the Athletic and Wellness Center, visit the college construction Web site at www.newpaltz.edu/construction.
JULY 4, 2005
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