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March 29, 2012

MSU rec center recognized

Morehead — Morehead State University’s Recreation and Wellness Center is a recipient of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association 2012 Outstanding Sports Facilities (OSF) award.

 “It’s a great honor for us to win this award. The center is a state-of-the-art facility and we are extremely pleased with the number of students, staff and visitors we have had since we opened our doors,” said Madonna Weathers, vice president for student life.

 “The new facility was designed to provide additional services and programs and become a campus icon that will help recruit and retain students — a goal of MSU."

 The center, which opened in August, features a three-court gymnasium and fitness area with cardio and weight machines and free weights. The two-story building includes two racquetball courts, multipurpose rooms, two classrooms, running track, wellness lab, running and cardio balcony, game room and lounge. The aquatics area has a competition-size pool that includes a vortex and zip line and a sun deck. A lighted outdoor sports field is in the front of the building to be used for some intramural and other recreational activities.

 The ground features a custom-designed Outdoor Adventure/Challenge course, which is located in the right hand side of the main drive entrance.

 Discussion of the center began in 2005 after President Wayne D. Andrews took office. A poll revealed that MSU students would be willing to pay higher fees to finance such a facility. It was authorized by the General Assembly and approved by Gov. Steve Beshear in early 2006 to be built with agency bonds.

 Located on the east side of the valley fronting Eagle Lake, the new facility is environmentally friendly and LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is the first LEED certified facility on the MSU campus and the first LEED certified student recreation center in the state. The center was designed by Hastings and Chivetta of St. Louis, and built by Dugan and Meyers Construction Co. of Cincinnati.

 Winners will be recognized at the NIRSA Annual Conference and Recreational Exposition this week in Tampa.

Additional information is available by calling the Recreation and Wellness Center at (606) 783-2083.

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