Design is well underway for the new three-story 191,000 square foot student recreation center slated to open in July 2019. Programming started in October 2015 with considerable input from students, staff and the Student Advisory Committee. The project is currently in the Design Development Phase with Bidding anticipated in February 2017 with construction beginning spring 2017 and completing the summer of 2019.
The planned facility will include approximately 30,000 square feet of fitness space, a four-court gymnasium, two multipurpose activity courts, an indoor running track, an aquatics center with a 25-meter pool and a recreational pool, a climbing center, racquetball courts, an outdoor recreation center and functional training and multipurpose rooms for use by the students and the UConn community.
The new recreation center will cost approximately $75 million to construct ($100 M project cost) and will be located on Hillside Road across the street from the UConn Bookstore, on land previously occupied by the now demolished Connecticut Commons residence halls. The project conforms to Connecticut High Performance Building Code regulations and will be registered as a LEED GOLD project.