Plans for a new 200,000-square-foot recreational sports center to replace the Central Campus Recreation Building took another step forward March 24, as the Board of Regents approved the building’s schematic design.
The project, first approved in September 2018 and then paused during the pandemic, has a revised estimated cost of $165 million. The facility will allow greater access and opportunity for students, faculty and staff to improve their health and well-being.
It will include modern gymnasium courts, a track for jogging and walking, spaces for strength and cardiovascular training, group exercise rooms, aquatics, climbing areas, squash and racquetball courts and locker rooms, along with support and administration spaces. It will offer a range of spaces that promote and encourage activity, socialization and connection.
The architectural firm of Integrated Design Solutions, in association with the firm of RDG Planning and Design, designed the project.
Demolition of the existing CCRB is expected to begin in January 2023. The new facility will be built on the same site and is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2025.
The university currently is investigating additional recreational opportunities during the construction period of the new facility.
The CCRB, located at 401 Washtenaw Ave., is the university’s largest recreational sports center. It was slated to be rebuilt after extensive renovations to the North Campus Recreation Building and Intramural Sports Building.
Martino Harmon, vice president for student life, and Geoff Chatas, executive vice president and chief financial officer, said the project will proceed as originally envisioned.
“This project is more critical than ever to address the well-being needs of so many members of our campus community, and I am excited for this next step forward,” Harmon said.
Funding will be provided by reserves and the Student Life Student Fee for Facility Renewal.
“This new recreation facility will be the prime example of our campus commitment to the health and well-being of our students and broader community,” said Mike Widen, director of recreational sports.
“Our U-M students have had a primary role in planning and designing the types of spaces that will serve our campus for generations to come. The new facility will offer a wide array of opportunities that promote activity, engagement and connections for our entire campus community.”
The project is expected to provide an average of 156 on-site construction jobs.