Saint Martin's University opens new Recreation and Fitness Center
November 20, 2009
Lacey, Washington — On Monday, November 23, Saint
Martin’s University will open the doors to its new recreation and
fitness center. This 36,000-square foot facility will provide a place
where students can play pick-up basketball or volleyball games, take a
yoga class, or work out with weights or on a cardio machine. The
facility will also be used for organized sports such as intramural games
and some intercollegiate team practices and fitness.
The new building, located just behind the Hal and
Inge Marcus Pavilion, has three multi-purpose courts, a multi-lane
running track, a batting cage, and a 9,000-square foot fitness center
equipped with weights, cardio equipment, a multi-purpose classroom, and
an aerobics-dance studio. This is the first facility dedicated to
student fitness since the Marcus Pavilion opened in the 1960s.
"The entire campus community is excited about this
facility," commented Roy Heyndrickx, the University's president. "Our
students want places to exercise, play sports, and hang out. This new
center gives them a place to do that."
The concept for the Recreation and Fitness Center
grew out of a strategic vision that called for creating a stronger
student life program especially for residential students. Saint Martin's
engaged Mountain Construction and Helix Design to design and construct
“The students are extremely excited for the
recreation center,” said Ahmadou Seck, president of the Associated
Students of Saint Martin’s University. Seck said that access for all
students to exercise facilities and equipment outside of team sports was
The Recreation and Fitness Center is one of several
projects made possible by the generous contributors to the “A Winning
Spirit Campaign” which has raised $5.3 million toward new campus
recreation and athletic facilities. Earlier this year, Saint Martin's
opened a new track and field facility as well.
"Saint Martin's is very grateful to its supporters
who have made these new facilities a reality," President Heynderickx
said. "They have helped the University make a major step forward in
offering the best in a Catholic, Benedictine education."
For more information about this ongoing campaign,
including how to contribute, contact Stephen McGlone 360-438-4586 or
Saint Martin’s University is an independent
four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre
wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic
Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine
colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only
one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares
students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate
programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering.
Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious
backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its five extension
campuses located at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base,
Olympic College, Centralia College, and Tacoma Community College.
For additional information:
Genevieve Canceko Chan
Director of Communications & Marketing