Rock climbing. A jogging track. Indoor soccer. Weight training. Sand volleyball. Racquetball courts. Golf simulators. Sunlit yoga studios. Six basketball courts. An outdoor leisure pool.
All available on campus?
I’m guessing you’re feeling as out of place as Dorothy when she announced, “Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
Alas, this is a reality for future Auburn students. Construction on Auburn’s new wellness center began in April, after three years of planning. The 240,000-square-foot facility will be twice the size of the current facility, built in 1984.
The $72 million project will be led by Robins & Morton Construction Co. of Birmingham and will be entirely funded by students. Its completion date is set for spring 2012.
The idea came to fruition under 2008-2009 SGA President Lauren Hayes and has been promoted by each of her successors. At that time, students were only paying $7.50 in tuition fees for access to a sub-par (compared to other SEC schools) “student act.” Since the project was passed in the spring of 2009, the fees have steadily increased to their current rate of $150. They will top out at $200 in the fall of 2012.
Although pricey, the fees are cheaper than monthly gym memberships and are comparable to our SEC peers.
I couldn’t have put it better than Dr. Ainsley Carry, vice president of Student Affairs, said to The Auburn Plainsman a few months ago:
“This is a story about the power of students—when you believe in something and collectively work toward that, you can make a huge difference for this University,” Carry said. “This is also a statement from our student body about the importance of a sound mind, a sound body and a spirit that is not afraid.”