Elon University

Health and recreation center planned for Elon University

April 17, 2024
The 135,000-square-foot HealthEU Center will combine academics with recreation, health and well-being offerings.

Elon University in Elon, North Carolina, has announced plans to build a 135,000-square-foot facility within its Innovation Quad to support its HealthEU initiative.

The HealthEU Center will become the second-largest building on campus behind Schar Center and will be a hub that combines academics with recreation, health and well-being offerings. The design of the building prioritizes collaboration, connection and innovation.

“This multifaceted facility will provide a wide range of support to our community and offer opportunities to connect with each other and with resources that support their growth and development," University President Connie Ledoux Book said.

The three-story HealthEU Center will have offices and space for academic departments including Exercise Science, Education & Wellness and other faculty focused on health and wellness. Labs and spaces for interdisciplinary research will be provided as will rooms designed for one-on-one and group fitness assessments, personal training, health and nutrition coaching, and financial literacy.

An expanded Counseling Services center will relocate to the new building in support of individual and group therapy with offerings including workshops and outreach programs. A HealthEU vending space will provide on-the-go options and a demonstration kitchen will support nutrition education efforts as a new resource for Elon’s Food Studies minor.

The HealthEU Center also will offer recreation and fitness facilities including:

  • A gymnasium with team and individual recreation spaces.
  • An aquatics center with a collegiate competition-sized pool.
  • Fitness, weight training and exercise space for groups and individuals.
  • An indoor track.
  • A climbing center with climbing and bouldering walls.
  • Outdoor fitness center.

An expansive entry plaza, outdoor fitness areas and ample green space will surround the building, and inside areas for fitness and athletics, nutrition, mental well-being, research, classrooms and offices can be found throughout the three floors.

Elon has set a $25 million fundraising goal to help make the HealthEU Center a reality. To date, donors have contributed more than $6.5 million.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall. Plans call for the building to open in 2026.

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