Construction began in June 2013 to renovate the Wellness Center, the former Curl Gymnasium, located on the southwest end of the campus. Contractors have rehabbed or reconfigured the 44,000-square-foot facility, preserving historic architectural elements of the building while upgrading for improved functionality and energy use.
The spaces in the newly renovated Wellness Center are designed for maximum flexibility and use in order to accomodate the diverse recreational and wellness needs of college and the community. As much as possible, walls were removed and spaces expanded to create a more open floor plan to encourage community interaction and participation.
Major renovations include: replacing and upgrading mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems; installation of a newly insulated roof, windows, doors, and floors; exterior and interior masonry restoration to preserve existing brick; restoration of 2 racquetball courts; and the construction of new studio spaces, snack bar, locker rooms, restrooms, and lounge area.
In the natatorium, a brand new pool competition length pool was built with stainless steel walls and an eco-friendly UV filtration system. Additional improvements to the pool area include: a new concrete deck, a large therapeutic whirlpool, and new lighting. New windows and doors were added to increase natural light and to better integrate the adjacent patio area to the pool.
Formerly not ADA compliant, the facility was brought up to code by installing an elevator, handicap lifts in the pool and whirlpool, ramps, and widening hallways.
Additional interior improvements include new paint and finishes throughout, new carpeting, furniture, light fixtures, tile, and the installation of ceiling fans for increased air circulation and comfort.
Renovations to the outside of the building include a beautifully landscaped courtyard with outdoor seating, an outdoor deck adjacent to the new swimming pool, a rain garden with native plantings, new sidewalks and a drop-off circle for motor vehicles.
The renovation cost 8 million dollars and is expected to achieve LEED certification upon its completion.