Ground broken for Student Recreation Center
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga celebrated the groundbreaking of a new Student Recreation Center, to be built in the field across from the McKenzie Arena. The facility is funded by a dedicated student fee imposed by a student vote. Construction is expected to take approximately two years.
Nine Student Government Association presidents, all instrumental in moving the recreation center forward, attended the event. They were, Marty Bell, Mark Swafford, Skip Pond, Kino Becton, James Armour, David Cope, Amy Prevost, Lydia Grafton, and current SGA President, Bill Staley.
Chancellor Roger Brown and former chancellors Dr. Fred Obear and Dr. Bill Stacy also attended the groundbreaking, along with retired administrators Dr. Charles "Rocky" Renneisen and Dr. Robert Norred.
“We are thrilled to finally begin to see progress on this project,” said Chancellor Brown. “This has been a student driven project. They came to the administration with the idea, and they believed in it enough to impose a dedicated fee upon themselves to pay for it. The students have been anxious to see dirt moving and construction begin so that the project is real. I believe when this is finished, it will be a huge benefit to our students and a tremendous recruitment tool for students to live on campus.”
The project will be built in two phases.
- $16.5 million includes construction, design, and furnishings
- About 100,000 square-feet
- Gymnasium with two full-size basketball courts (can be converted to four indoor soccer areas)
- Martial arts room
- Aerobics and yoga studios (small & large)
- Free weights, workout machines
- Cardio space
- 1/8 mile indoor walking track
- Climbing wall and bouldering wall
- Indoor pool
- Design to begin this summer with construction beginning after Phase I opens
- Estimated cost $7.3 million
Chancellor Brown said the building will be “a reminder to us all, faculty, staff and students, that universities nurture bodies and spirits, not just minds.”
May 4, 2007