University of Pittsburgh to Build New Recreation Center — Spaces4Learning

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The University of Pittsburgh will build a new recreation center

Construction of a new recreation and wellness center on the University of Pittsburgh campus is underway. The project is part of a larger campus master plan that was finalized in 2019 and will provide amenities like a recreational pool, jogging track, basketball courts, weightlifting equipment and more. The facility is estimated at around 270,000 square feet and will rise nine stories high, according to a press release.

“It’s going to be the heart of the campus. People who live on upper campus tend to go to the Baierl and Petersen Event Center, and people who live on lower campus tend to go to William Pitt Union Gym,” said sophomore Kaylea Gallagher. in biology and a member of the university’s dance team. “We’re both going to meet in the middle, and from what they’re saying, I think it will allow everyone to get what they need in one place.”

The new leisure center will take place on the site of the former Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC), the demolition of which kicked off the third phase of the Campus Master Plan last August. Groundbreaking for the new recreation center is scheduled for spring 2022, with an estimated completion date of fall 2024.

“This project started by listening to students, and their voices were loud and clear,” said University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher. “They wanted better recreational opportunities and experiences in Pitt. From day one, we have made it a priority to engage students as true partners in planning the center and realizing our shared vision.

The building is also expected to include sustainability initiatives such as daylighting and energy efficiency, sustainable stormwater management, and biophilic design elements. According to a press release, it will meet standards set by the Pitt Sustainability Plan released in 2018. The facility will also apply for LEED certification.

Other wellness initiatives in the space include meditation spaces, yoga spaces, and dining options. Kaylea Gallagher called the wellness initiatives “useful” beyond the amenities of a traditional gym. “Particularly during studies and with academics, it’s important to be able to take care of yourself when you have free time, and I think that will bring a lot of benefits to students,” Gallagher said.

Renderings of the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center are available on the University of Pittsburgh website.

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Matt Jones is editor of Spaces4Learning. He can be reached at [email protected].

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