CSU Moves Closer to $16 Million Student Recreation Center

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State University students have agreed to help finance a $16 million, 70,000-square foot recreation center that will be a major hub for student life on CSU’s main campus.

Students agreed to a proposed student-fee structure in a recent referendum conducted by the university’s Student Government Association and campus recreation department.

The passage helps clear the way for a facility that could include a general fitness area; a women’s fitness area; two basketball courts; three volleyball courts; two racquetball courts; a multi-purpose court to accommodate indoor soccer, rollerblade hockey and volleyball; an indoor walking-running track; a ballroom; gameroom; lounge area; retail space; aerobic rooms; locker rooms, and office space.

Pending Board of Regents approval, the university will break ground for the project in August 2008. Construction will take 18 to 24 months at a site to be determined with completion and a grand opening in the summer of 2010.

The center would expand and centralize CSU’s student recreation options presently facilitated in the Davidson Student Center, Woodruff Gym and adjacent Health and Safety Center.

“The new facility will be so much more than a fitness center; it will be focal point for campus life that will help us retain our current students and attract others” said Gina Sheeks, vice president for student affairs. “The new center will help establish an environment where our students flourish both academically and socially.”

In addition to funds raised through private sources, the students at CSU will be assessed $85-$100 per semester to build and operate the facility. The fee, which breaks down to $5 per week, will be assessed once ground has been broken for the construction phase.

Fee-paying students who graduate before the center opens will earn six months (per semester fee payment) of free access to the center after they have graduated.

For more information, contact CSU Campus Recreation Director Rick Cravens at 706-568-2273 or go to http://campusrec.colstate.edu/recbuilding.