Student Recreation Center Undergoes Major Capital Improvements
As 2015 comes to an end and classrooms grow empty, crews of workers are hard at work finalizing several large-scale facility projects inside and outside of the Student Recreation Center (SRC). While some of these projects are visible, and others take place behind the scenes, all of the work will have an impact on the lifespan of the building and will result in a better user experience for years to come.
Recreational Services opened the doors of the Student Recreation Center in August of 2001. The SRC is funded through the student fee that has had a portion dedicated to a Capital Repair and Replacement Fund to manage expenses needed for major facility projects as the building ages. Allen Wilbanks, Assistant Director of Facilities for the Department of Recreational Services says, “The building is now 15 years old, and the reason this fund was put in place almost 20 years ago was to set aside dollars to do major capital improvement, which is what we are tackling now.” Totaling over $1.6 million in cost, one might question the spending, but Wilbanks says, “All of these improvements will not only make the building last longer, but it will function with sustainable efforts in mind.”
The maintenance projects have addressed various issues around the building stemming from over 15 years of wear and tear. The building envelop repair ($829,000), which is now complete, included installing installation sub-straight with a PVC roof liner, new caulking on sloped glazing, installation of expansion joints, and re-attaching ribbed metal paneling. All of this to say, the building is now sealed up tight and more energy efficient.
In the aquatics center, consisting of three bodies of water – the 37,850 gallon leisure pool, the 204,326 gallon lap pool, and the 4,670 whirlpool – underwent two major capital improvements. $345,000 was spent repairing, as needed, all plumbing fixtures and valves in the systems of all three pool, repairing leaks in the main drain sump, properly grounding all pool ladders, poles and lights, and finally, re-plastering the entire surface of the lap pool.
In the men’s and women’s locker room showers, antimicrobial-coated bio-prism partitions were installed for $230,000. In layman’s terms, the partitions are hospital grade and are guaranteed to remain mold and mildew free.
The Division of Student Affairs strives to provide a wide array of services and programs designed to create and deliver student experiences that promote learning and success. Recreational Services is committed to providing outstanding facilities for students to have those experiences, and the recent capital repairs and maintenance projects prove that the department is invested in the future of the institution and it’s students. Wilbanks concludes, “Everything we do here is for the students. These improvements will make the building better for students for years to come.”