The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown will break ground for its new Wellness Center at a ceremony Tuesday, November 10 at 3 p.m. The ceremony will take place at the project site, adjacent to the Sports Center.
Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar will preside over the ceremony, and will be joined by Howard M. Picking, III, Pitt-Johnstown Advisory Board vice-chair and University of Pittsburgh Trustee, and Jeffrey Burtner, Student Government Association president.
In announcing the project, President Spectar commented, “We are extremely grateful for the tremendous support that we have received for this project from our faculty, staff, students and community members. With the approval of the University’s Board of Trustees, we are ready to begin the construction phase of this very important project. Our new Wellness Center will provide our students with much-needed fitness and recreational space and will help to advance our efforts to create a healthier campus and promote a keener awareness of the interconnection between mind, body, and spirit.”
The 40,000-square-foot facility, at a projected cost of $9.7 million, will include a three-lane, elevated running track, cardiovascular and strength-training equipment, dance/exercise/classroom space, two multipurpose courts for basketball and volleyball, and an indoor climbing wall. The facility will also include an outdoor wellness park.
The Wellness Center will bring the total number of buildings on the 655-acre campus to 36. The last major construction project began in 2004 with the groundbreaking for the Willow Hall residential facility.
The facility, which is expected to be complete in early 2011, was designed by WTW Architects of Pittsburgh. Carnegie-based TEDCO will serve as the general contractor.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College” (2010), by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College” (2010), and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.”