Student Recreation Center
At A Glance
Construction Cost: $12 million
Square Footage: 36,000 square feet
Construction slated to begin October 2008 and be completed in January 2010
Features & Amenities:
- 2- Multipurpose Gymnasiums for Intramural Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, plus Aerobics instruction, etc.
5,200 square foot Cardio Fitness and Weight Room Area
- Elevated Jogging Track
- Men’s and Women’s Locker Rooms
- Equipment Issue Area
- Department Offices
National studies have shown that recreational centers are one of the best recruitment tools campuses have. Students are drawn to campuses that provide extraordinary learning and social environments. Studies also show that students who are physically fit and participating in activities outside of the classroom are more likely to stay and graduate. With that in mind, Texas A&M University-Kingsville broke ground on a new, state-of-the-art recreation center for the student body.
The new Student Recreation Center will be about 36,000 square feet. It will house two multi-purpose gymnasiums for intramural indoor sports like basketball, volleyball and soccer. There will be a 5,200 square foot cardio fitness and weight room and an elevated jogging track. There will be men’s and women’s locker rooms, an equipment issue and laundry room and department offices.
“The new Student Recreation Center will expand recreation opportunities and meet the demand for indoor facilities. It also will meet the need for an expended fitness cardio and weight room area,” said Charles Espinoza, associate director of recreational sports. “This facility will improve the quality of campus life and promote health and fitness through expanding programming.
“The center will bring a modern, state-of-the-art recreation facility providing a better student experience. It will provide the robust recreation opportunity that today’s students and parents expect in college,” Espinoza continued.
Funding for the new building will come from student service fees that the students themselves approved via a referendum. “Students voted through a referendum to assess a fee each semester. There is not greater commitment from students than to vote and choose this type of facility as their own,” Remelius said.
The new fee, which won’t start until the building is complete, will asses each student $100 per long semester and $50 per summer session.
The architect for the project is Marmon Mok Architecture from San Antonio. SpawGlass Construction, also of San Antonio, is the general contractor. Marmon Mok designed the student recreation center at Texas A&M University in College Station and the Alamodome in San Antonio.