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East Gym renovation to be put to a vote

By : Katie Ellis

A referendum will be put before students on March 2-3, asking for approval of an increase in the student recreation fee to fund a $20 million upgrade of the East Gym, creating a state-of-the-art recreational center. The oldest building on campus, the East Gym serves as the center of recreational activities for the University. Given its age, the change in enrollment and the wide variety of recreational activities that students are involved in today compared to when it was constructed in the 1950s, programs are squeezed into undersized and inadequate spaces, many of which were never intended for their current use.

Last fall, in anticipation of a renovation, the University solicited input from the student body and used one-time monies to hire Beardsley Design Associates (BDA) to develop a program and spatial concept for an East Gym extreme makeover — the starting point that provides an outline and the associated costs reorganizing and renovating the space.

If the referendum is approved, BDA or another architectural firm will be hired to refine the concepts to fit with mechanical systems, code, circulation and other building requirements within the established budget. They will also be responsible for producing the final drawings that will be used for construction of the addition and renovation.

Students will continue to be involved in the design process until a design is finalized. The design process is expected to take about nine months, with renovation and construction to be completed in one to two years.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08