Cedarville University has begun construction of a $12.8 million fitness, recreation, and health center. This artist’s rendering of the project depicts the student health center (left foreground), recreation and fitness areas (center), and field house (background). The existing Athletic Center is at the right.
by Public Relations Office
June 6, 2002
Cedarville, Ohio—Cedarville University has begun construction of a $12.8 million fitness, recreation, and health facility on the eastern Greene County campus.
Dr. Paul Dixon, Cedarville’s president, announced the project’s approval in conjunction with the University’s 106th commencement Saturday. “The decision to begin construction on this facility was made by our board of trustees,” Dixon said, “after significant gifts and commitments were made to the project in recent days. This is the next great leap forward for Cedarville University and will significantly enhance the value of a Cedarville education,” he concluded.
The largest feature of the facility will be a 60,000 square foot field house that will include a 200-meter track. The complex will also house aerobic and anaerobic workout areas, recreation areas, and enhanced classroom and laboratory space for the University’s growing athletic training program. In addition, the University’s student health center will be located in the new facility.
“Our student body has more than doubled since we built our athletic center in 1981,” said Dr. Carl Ruby, vice president for student services at the independent institution. “With that growth, the greater number and variety of both varsity and intramural athletic activities offered, and the amplified interest in personal fitness among most individuals, we have more than outgrown our current center,” he explained.
“This new building allows us to significantly enhance campus floor-space devoted to fitness, health, and recreation. We will double the number of racquetball and squash courts and enjoy a second gymnasium with multiple courts for basketball, volleyball, and other floor sports,” he emphasized. “And our athletic trainers, both those who provide support to the athletic department and students who are studying for that major, will enjoy much needed extra classroom and treatment space,” he said. “Finally,” Ruby added, “we will also be able to improve our student health services delivery capabilities by enhancing the spaces available to healthcare providers and relocating the student clinic to the physical center of campus.”
“This initiative is another major advancement for Cedarville University,” Ruby said. “We want to do everything possible to ensure our students have a world-class experience when they attend here. We believe we offer the faculty, the curriculum, the support staff, and the facilities for that to be true for the academic, social, and spiritual dimensions of life now. This facility upgrade will mean that is true for the recreational aspect of life as well,” he said.
Cedarville University is an accredited Baptist university of arts, sciences, professional, and graduate programs. Located in Cedarville, Ohio, it offers more than 100 areas of study to approximately 3,000 students from across America and around the world. The University features an award-winning computer network and a worldwide Christian ministries program.
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