UNMC Hold Groundbreaking For Fitness Center Renovation

The updated design by LEO A DALY will expand fitness and group exercise programs while giving the Center for Healthy Living a new campus identity

(OMAHA, NEB – October 15, 2014) The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) broke ground Tuesday on a $6 million redevelopment and expansion of their campus fitness facility, called the Center for Healthy Living.

Designed by architects LEO A DALY, the redevelopment adds 6,525 square feet to the Student Life Center’s footprint and renovates 11,845 square feet of existing space, while moving the entrance to the more visible north side along the Ruth and Bill Scott Student Plaza. The expanded space will accommodate a larger strength training and fitness machine area, make room for three group-fitness areas, and provide a permanent table tennis and stretching area. Other design features include modernized locker rooms, outdoor bike lockers, and a new wood gymnasium floor.

“This renovation will greatly enhance UNMC’s fitness and group exercise program offerings, while giving their fitness center an identity on the campus. The two-story addition on the north side features a glass wall, not only allowing the user to have views of the exterior, but sharing with the campus what’s going on in the fitness center,” said Martin Lane, project manager for LEO A DALY.

“LEO A DALY believes in supporting academic outcomes through innovative design. By leading the way in developing campus wellness facilities, we contribute to a generation of healthier, happier students who achieve more,” said Chris Johnson, managing principal of LEO A DALY.

Addressing the crowd of students, faculty, and guests who attended the groundbreaking, UNMC chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold spoke highly of LEO A DALY’s design. “From an architectural perspective, they’re absolutely incredible,” he said of the architect’s renderings.

Construction will be phased to allow the fitness facility to remain open during the renovation. It is expected to be complete by December 2015.

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