New LEO A DALY-Designed Wellness Center Opens At The University Of Nebraska At Kearney
August 29, 2014
(KEARNEY, Neb - August 29, 2014) A new $6.5 million, 24,000 gross square-foot Wellness Center at the University of Nebraska at Kearney had its grand opening Wednesday, August 27.
Designed by LEO A DALY, the two-story addition to UNK Cushing Arena features a state-of-the-art workout facility on the first level, and a new home for UNK’s Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Leisure Studies (HPERLS) on the second.
Available to UNK’s 7,000 students and 370 faculty, the first-story gym features cardio and strength training equipment, a climbing wall, and a social hub. The second-story Physical Activity and Wellness Lab contains a specialized research studio, HPERLS offices, research labs, classrooms, and a demonstration kitchen for classes and community-based programming. The expanded lab space increases the capacity of the growing HPERLS department, which has tripled in size to 290 students over the last decade.
“This is going to be a recruitment feature for new students to come to UNK, and it’s going to be a retention tool for students at UNK,” said Scot Fransk, assistant director of campus recreation in the Department of Kinesiology and Sports Sciences.“LEO A DALY is proud to be part of the University of Nebraska at Kearney's New Wellness Center team. UNK has worked hard with its partners to realize its dream of providing a state-of-the-art facility for wellness and exercise science. Current and future students will be impacted for life!” said Chris Johnson, managing principal at LEO A DALY.