Artist's rendering of Cedarville University's $12.8 million Fitness-Recreation-Health Center, due to open in August
by Public Relations Office
May 12, 2003
Cedarville, OH - Cedarville University's $12.8 million campaign to build a new fitness center has reached the $10 million mark. One consequence of the accomplishment is the issuance of a $600,000 challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation of Troy, Mich. The challenge is for the campaign to reach $12.2 million by the end of 2003. "We're grateful to God and to those people who've made this possible," said Dr. Paul Dixon, Cedarville University president, "especially the Kresge Foundation. Their $600,000 challenge, we believe, will provide the impetus to reach our ultimate goal in this campaign.
"Our vision is to make the Cedarville experience a valuable, life-changing one. We've made great improvements in our faculty and our academic support facilities over the past two decades," Dixon said. "This latest facility represents a vast improvement in the whole-person, physical development area. This facility will support the social, physical, and academic development of our students in a manner unlike any other building on campus."
The $12.8 million Fitness-Recreation-Health Center campaign, which began just 15 months ago, comes on the heels of more than $100 million in facility development on the Cedarville University campus in the past 20 years. The most visible of those projects includes the $15 million Dixon Ministry Center, opened in 1996, and the $21 million Stevens Student Center, opened in 2000. In the past ten years, CU has built three new residence hall complexes, totaling almost $15 million, and renovated several other buildings. The former Jeremiah Chapel, first opened in 1976, underwent a $5 million transformation into the Apple Technology Resource Center in 1999. The former College Center, which first opened in 1962 as a gymnasium and later was renovated into a cafeteria, underwent an $8 million renovation into what's now known as the Tyler Digital Communication Center.
The Fitness-Recreation-Health Center is under construction with occupancy expected in the fall of this year. The center is being constructed adjacent to the current Callan Athletic Center. Simultaneous renovation of a portion of the Callan Athletic Center will assure the two facilities are compatible and mutually supportive. "The Fitness-Recreation-Health Center," explained Dixon, "will accomplish several key initiatives for CU: it will increase space for academic programs in the department of exercise and sport science, provide more adequate opportunities for our students' intramural programs, increase options for recreation, and, for the first time on our campus, provide a modern and well-equipped fitness center."
The largest portion of the Fitness-Recreation-Health Center will be the recreation area. This 60,000 square foot area will house four courts that can be used for indoor soccer, basketball, volleyball, and other sports. It will also include a 200-meter track that can be used for individual walking and jogging as well as a full indoor track meet. Because of the crowds associated with track meets, bleachers to accommodate approximately 1,000 spectators will be installed.
The fitness portion of the center will include space for free-weights, cardio-vascular machines, and aerobic and other exercise areas. The focal point of the fitness area is the 40-foot climbing wall.
The health area of the center is dedicated to students who require short-term health care such as first aid, routine check-ups, and medications. Those needs are currently served by a campus clinic that employs nurses, part-time physicians, and an EMT squad with an ambulance. For a number of years, the clinic has occupied Patterson Hall, a building constructed in the mid-1950s. The new clinic will provide 50 percent more space for up-to-date examination, treatment, and consultation rooms.
For more information on the CU Fitness-Recreation-Health Center, visit http://www.cedarville.edu/dept/pr/fitrec.