The new Wellness and Recreation Center will have 80,000-square-feet of space. It will be located adjacent to, and just west of, the current Physical Education Center on the north side of the St. Ambrose campus near its Lombard Street border.
Work is scheduled to be completed in time for use by the class entering in fall 2017. The new facilities will provide exercise and activity space for the general student population, lab space for some of the University's health and wellness-related academic programs including Kinesiology, and much-needed practice space for student-athletes who participate in the University's 23 varsity sports.
The building, designed by RDG Planning and Design of Des Moines, Iowa, will have a distinctive half-barrel roof construction that is reminiscent of a 1950s-era field house; and, a largely brick exterior, in keeping with other campus facilities. The design will feature large, light-filled spaces. Numerous windows below the roof line, and some areas with glass walls, will give the interior an open feel and give students great views inside the building and out to the campus.