A $57 million expansion and renovation of the recreation center now underway at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., will double the size of the facility, according to Club Industry.
The first phase of the project--adding 140,000 square feet of space directly behind the existing center—is scheduled for completion at the end of the year. Renovation of parts of the existing 140,000-square-foot center—known on campus as UREC—will be completed in 2016.
The university says the additional space is needed to keep up with the increasing student enrollment. UREC was built in 1996 when James Madison had 12,500 students; now enrollment is close to 20,000, and a busy day in the center can mean more than 4,500 visitors.
The project is incorporating sustainable design elements with a goal of achieving LEED Silver certification for environmentally friendly design.