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   from the issue of November 1, 2007

Campus Rec to present preliminary renovation plans


Campus Recreation is hosting a series of open house sessions to unveil preliminary architectural plans for a new recreation center on East Campus plus options for a major renovation and expansion of the Campus Rec Center on City Campus.

The open house sessions will be Nov. 7 on City and East campuses. The first is 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the East Union's Great Plains Room, followed by a 4 to 5:30 p.m. session in the Nebraska Union's Regency Suite. The open house sessions will include blueprint drawings of preliminary architectural designs, a multimedia slide show and a question and answer session.

The sessions are open to all faculty, staff and students.

The information presented is the result of an eight-month process that began with a campuswide Indoor Recreation Facilities Survey conducted in March. The purpose of the survey was to identify indoor facility areas that users currently use and new items that both users and non-users would like to enhance their recreational experiences.

A final report of the survey results was delivered in late May and since that time Campus Recreation administrators have been working with Erik Kocher, a principal partner in the St. Louis, Missouri-based architectural planning and consulting firm Hastings & Chivetta. Kocher will be in attendance at both open house sessions giving an overview of the ideas and plans for future facility expansions.

A large portion of the new plans will focus on expanded and updated spaces for fitness and wellness activities on both campuses, including strength training/weight lifting equipment - both free weights and adjustable weight machines - and cardiovascular equipment. Expanded aquatics venues and renovated sports areas are also included.

In the event that favorable feedback is received to the new plans and the financial investment, the entire project could go to student referendum vote as early as the spring 2008 ASUN elections.

UNL Campus Recreation services over 24,000 memberships annually to students, faculty, and staff. Over 645,000 annual visits were logged at the Campus Rec Center and the Activities Building on East Campus during both the 2005/06 and 2006/07 academic years.



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