The new Wellness and Recreation Center is the largest capital construction project in the history of St. Ambrose University. Here are some project facts:
- 80,000 total square-feet of new construction
- 56,000 square-feet field house, with 200-meter, six-lane competition track, pole vault areas, long- and triple-jump pits; and four basketball/volleyball courts (two wooden floor courts, two resilient flooring courts)
- 5,200-square-feet, two-story cardio/weightlifting workout center
- 2,200-square-feet group exercise room
- 1,200-square-feet club room
- Concurrent renovation of 19,000 square-feet PE Center includes new HVAC systems; office suites for Athletics and Wellness and Recreation Departments; weight room for use by athletics teams; updates to locker rooms; new bathrooms and locker rooms and interior painting of Lee Lohman Arena.
- Exercise and activity space for students, faculty and staff
- Wellness and Recreation Department activities and intramural athletics Lab space for health and wellness-related academic programs, including Kinesiology
- Practice space for student-athletes
- Lead Architect: Jack Patton, RDG Planning and Design, Des Moines, Iowa
- General Contractor: Russell Construction, Davenport, Iowa, with an additional 42 regional firms used as subcontractors.
- Identified by Board of Trustees as highest priority in a Master Plan approved in 2011
- Ground broken in April 2016, concurrent with announcement of Building Our Future capital campaign
- Opened for student and campus use August 2017
- To be blessed and dedicated Sept. 29, 2017
- Total cost (including equipment and furniture): $21.5 million
- Construction cost: $18.5 million
- Building Our Future campaign fundraising goal: $18.5 million
- Raised to date: $17.7 million
- Campaign co-chairs: Beth (Figge) '86 and Brian Lemek '86 and Barbara (Bush) and Michael Johnson; honorary campaign chairs Jim '56, '93 (Hon) and Mary Hagen.