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 Rendering of the new Student Fitness Center

UDM breaks ground on new Student Fitness Center

Other campus renovation projects continue into the fall

The sounds of jackhammers and tractors filled the air this summer as construction crews renovated facilities and began to prepare the site for UDM’s new Student Fitness Center. UDM officially broke ground for the Fitness Center on Sept. 22, 2011, and the project is expected to be completed by fall 2012. A site located on the east side of the Engineering Building has been designated for the 40,000 square-foot Fitness Center. Crews removed the hill that was on the east end of the Kassab Mall to allow for new walkways.

Phase I of the Fitness Center project will feature a two-court gymnasium for recreation and intramural sports, such as basketball, volleyball, badminton and floor hockey; an elevated three-lane track; a group exercise room; men’s and women’s locker rooms and rest rooms; a lobby and student lounge area with a reception desk and smoothie bar. The space will also have plenty of windows to provide an expansive view of the campus. An elevator will also make the Fitness Center easily accessible.

Additional funding is required to make the Phase II Aquatics Center a reality. This phase would add 22,500 square feet to the building and include an eight lane swimming pool built to NCAA specifications for competitive swimming. The pool’s non-competitive use would provide students another option for comprehensive cardiovascular exercise.

Other campus construction/renovations

More parking: This summer, UDM also began adding more than 200 parking spaces and expanding the campus roadway. Parking lot enhancements took place in the northeast student parking lot, as well as the site of the former Brent Hospital.

Chemistry Building renovations: The historic Chemistry Building, built in 1927, was closed during renovations this past summer, and is expected to reopen in December 2011. Renovations include a beautifully redesigned interior, as well as improved heating, cooling and electrical upgrades. Porcelain tile will be utilized throughout the floors and lower half of the walls. Also, a new distilled water system will be installed for use in the Chemistry labs. Rest rooms will be updated, and the gathering space for students and faculty will be redesigned.

IT Commons: Once final funds are raised, work will begin to repurpose approximately 6,000 square feet of space on the third floor of the McNichols Campus Library to include a centralized computing center. All general computer labs will be consolidated into this location, which will also provide teaching labs and technology-enhanced classrooms.

Warren Loranger Architecture Building: Architecture faculty and students returned in the fall to improved faculty office spaces, student studio space and a new conference room.

Clock Tower: Restoration of the Tower began in April and was completed in mid-June. The repairs included cutting out and re-pointing deteriorated mortar joints, repairing spalled or shifted stones, sealing bell timbers, resetting loose tiles, removing trees and other growth, cleaning the tower and repairing a large hole in the Tower, which appears to be from a lightening strike.

Riverfront Campus restoration: Renovations to the historic Dowling Hall, which houses the UDM School of Law, have been under way since January. This summer, progress was made on classroom renovations, a Student Service Center, redesigned administrative offices and a student organization space and lounge, as well as many infrastructure improvements.

Help us keep the progress going!
If you would like more information about these recent campus improvements or would like to help fund any of these projects, please call University Advancement at 313-993-1250.