Construction begins on UNMC Student Life Center improvements
August 13, 2015
LEO A DALY-designed facelift puts healthy living on display, updates and expands campus fitness offerings
Construction began in July 2015 on an expansion and renovation of the Student Life Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Architects LEO A DALY, who designed the improvements, say the project gives wellness on the UNMC campus a new, more public face.
A 5,000-square-foot addition relocates the entrance of the Center for Healthy Living from the out-of-the-way south side to the busy north side, giving the fitness facility a front-door presence on the Ruth and Bill Scott Student Plaza.
“The Student Life Center has always been a hub for students and an important promoter of health and wellness for UNMC. This expansion and renovation brings its equipment and design into the 21st Century, while giving the Center a presence and branding that matches its important role on campus,” said Martin Lane, architect with LEO A DALY.
The expansion features a wall-to-wall glass façade that faces north, allowing in ample natural light without danger of heat gain or glare. Fitness is on display in the new addition, with two rows of modern cardio equipment looking out onto the busy Student Plaza. At night, the space glows from within, acting as a living billboard for wellness.
Renovations to 11,845 square feet of the existing facility will provide new space for weight training, and three rooms for group activities such as yoga, spin, and suspension-training workouts. Built-in storage areas allow equipment to be pushed aside as needed, meaning the rooms are flexible to a wide variety of workouts. A permanent table tennis area will enhance the social atmosphere. Other design features include modernized locker rooms and a new gymnasium floor.
New locker room and shower facilities were designed with UNMC’s multi-cultural student body in mind. Showers are designed with ante-rooms to allow students to change clothes in full privacy.
The $6 million dollar redevelopment and expansion is expected to be open to students in summer 2016.