Ground Broken For New Student Recreation Center At Texas A&M-Kingsville
KINGSVILLE - October 10, 2008
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$12 million building expected to be completed by January 2010
Officials at Texas A&M University-Kingsville broke ground on the new Student Recreation Center at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at the site on University Boulevard and Avenue C. Construction will begin this month on the $12 million building. It is expected to be complete by January 2010.
Present at the ground breaking were Dr. Steve Tallant, new president of A&M-Kingsville, and Dr. Mike McKinney, chancellor of The Texas A&M System. They were joined by Dr. Terisa Remelius, vice president of student affairs, and other university and community officials.
“This facility shows, once again, that Texas A&M-Kingsville values and responds to the needs of students,” Remelius said.
“National studies have shown that recreational centers are one of the best recruitment tools campuses have,” Remelius added. “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.”
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.
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