Campus: Sonoma State University -- February 03, 2003
Groundbreaking On Feb. 6 Celebrates Construction Of $15 Million Student Recreation
Center At SSU
The Sonoma Student Union at Sonoma State University will hold a groundbreaking
ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 6, at noon to celebrate the start of construction
of a new $15 million dollar Student Recreation Center.
Faced with the ever increasing need and desire for more recreational
space on campus, the students of Sonoma State voted to increase their
Student Union fee in November of 2000 to support construction of the
Collection of this increased fee began this past fall, when the Student
Union fee increased by $80 per semester. In the Fall of ¹03, fees
will step up again to $95 per semester.
"This rec center has been ten years in the making" says Pam
Su, Recreational Sports Coordinator. "The increasing number of
on-campus residents, unmet demand on the current facilities, and desire
for new activity space all supported this project."
Located immediately south of Darwin Hall on the SSU campus, the two
story 58,000 square-foot facility will have two gymnasiums that will
be usable for basketball, volleyball, and indoor soccer, and badminton.
A climbing wall will be located in the front of the building and accented
by a glass enclosure.
More than 8,000 square feet will be devoted to aerobic exercise equipment
and weights training.
The building will also feature a jogging track and two large multi-purpose
rooms for dance and leisure class instruction. A new OutDoor Pursuits
area will provide opportunities for members of the campus community
to obtain information and equipment for outdoor activities. A wellness
center and massage therapy program is also included.
Construction of the new Recreation Center is made possible through the
Sonoma Student Union, a non-profit auxiliary corporation of Sonoma State
University. Funded by the students of Sonoma State University, the Student
Union will administer the improved and larger offerings of their recreational
sports programs through the operation of this new facility.
"The new Recreation Center offers new opportunities in recreational
programming for all members of the University community and will provide
new jobs for students as well," says Stacey Nugent, Student Chair
of the Student Union Board of Directors.
Construction is scheduled to last roughly 14 months. Completion is due
in April of 2004. Architects are LPA, Incorporated.
The Student Union is funded strictly from student fees and uses no general
fund money from the State.
NOTE: An artist's rendering of the facility is available upon request.
A low resolution rendering of the building can be seen at www.sonoma.edu/pubs/release/2003/314.html
Contact: Jean Wasp, Media Relations, (707) 664-2057