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Wheels in Motion for New Student Recreation & Wellness Center

Thursday, Jan. 09, 2014

an architect's rendering of USU's new student recreation and wellness center

An architect's rendering of the new Utah State University Student Recreation & Wellness Center. Student input has been important throughout the process.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Utah State University Student Recreation & Wellness Center (SRWC) building is planned for Wednesday, March 19, 2014. The ceremony marks an important step in the project’s progress from student-spurred idea to physical reality.

Utah State University students voted in favor of a new recreation and wellness center in the spring of 2012, but the building has been a work in progress for nearly a decade. In 2009, the then newly-arrived Vice President for Student Services James Morales began exploring the feasibility of a new building for recreation and wellness with then student body president Tyler Tolson.

During summer 2013 the building entered its programming and design phase, led by a working committee made up of currently enrolled USU students, members of the Division of Student Services and USU Facilities.

“Students have played one of the most important roles” said Vice President James Morales. “We invited student leaders and students-at-large to participate in every important discussion, because we recognize that they are the biggest stakeholders of this new building.”

The working committee meets regularly with the building architects, AJC Architects of Salt Lake City and 360 Architecture of Kansas City, Missouri.

“It’s been an amazing experience to be a part of the planning,” said Brian Isom, a student member of the committee, “I have been impressed by how important administration and the architects hold our opinions. Every step they have looked to us for input and comments. They want to make sure that we are getting what we are paying for.”

Distinguished guests and students are invited to the groundbreaking ceremony near the corner of 700 N and 800 E in Logan, on the edge of the future home for the building on the main USU campus. A twenty-minute program will highlight the project in its entirety and will feature USU President Stan Albrecht, Vice President James Morales, Director of Campus Recreation Kevin Kobe and USU Student Association President Douglas Fiefia. Immediately following the groundbreaking ceremony, USU Campus Recreation will host a showcase in the Nelson Fieldhouse.

The groundbreaking ceremony and Campus Recreation showcase will offer a more concrete showing of the progress of the new USU Student Recreation & Wellness Center. Students will have full access to the building in fall 2015, which is the anticipated completion date.

Led by Vice President James Morales, the Division of Student Services at Utah State University is committed to student success and organized into fifteen unique departments, each with a variety of dedicated programs and services that foster engagement, leadership, wellness, and access and diversity for all students.

Contact: Kevin Kobe, 435-797-1502,

Writer: Jennifer Pemberton, 435-797-0705,

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