Penn State Berks opens first phase of Beaver Athletics and Wellness Center

WYOMISSING, Pa .– Penn State Berks will open zones during the first phase of construction and renovation of the new Beaver Athletic and Wellness Center to students, faculty and staff on Monday, October 4. This includes the areas most frequently used by students. , such as the weight room, fitness center, locker rooms and kinesiology rooms.

The Auxiliary Gymnasium, Dance / Yoga Studio and Coaching Room are slated to open by the end of October and the convenience store, located on the second floor, which now connects the Beaver Athletics and Wellness Center to the Perkins Student Center. , is scheduled to open later in the semester. The remaining areas of the second phase of the project are expected to open in April 2022.

“We are very excited to open up these core areas in the new Beaver Athletics and Wellness Center and all of the enhanced opportunities it will offer our students, from NCAA track and field to academics to general wellness and recreation, ”Penn State Berks Chancellor George Grant said. Jr. “Students will enjoy a richer experience on campus with the completion of the first phase of construction and renovation, and we look forward to even more opportunities with the grand opening in spring 2022.”

The $ 30.4 million renovation and expansion effort to transform the center into the new Beaver Athletics and Wellness Center is designed to address space shortages to support current and future programs being offered to students, in particular in kinesiology. The project also supports campus membership in NCAA Division III competition in 12 sports, including men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball, which compete in the center. For these teams as well as a host of intramural sports and clubs, the expanded Beaver Athletics and Wellness Center will provide a more solid foundation for the competitive success of student-athletes.

Building on the existing structure, the project modernizes and reorganizes the interior spaces, and builds a closed walkway connecting it to the Perkins Student Center, to which new rooms will also be added. This will double the available space and have a significant impact in three main areas:

– Academics: teaching and research in kinesiology will be supported by two new flexible-use classrooms, an exercise physiology laboratory, a biomechanics laboratory and faculty offices.

– Athletics: Athletics programs will benefit from a new athletics coach room with state-of-the-art treatment and rehabilitation space, hydrotherapy room, additional locker rooms and offices coaches.

Beaver Athletics and Wellness Center women's locker room.

– Leisure and well-being: the student body at large will benefit from a much larger and better equipped fitness center and an auxiliary gymnasium which will increase accessibility for intramural and club teams and other students.

Central air conditioning and cosmetic upgrades will make the building a much more attractive and usable space.

The original Beaver Community Center is named after the late Howard O. “Mike” Beaver Jr., who received a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgy from Penn State and subsequently served as President and CEO of Carpenter Technology. Beaver chaired the Berks Campus Capital Campaign, which raised funds for the construction of the center. The establishment opened in 1979, entirely funded by private contributions. He served for 12 years on the Penn State Board of Directors and was appointed Director Emeritus in 1992. Beaver passed away in 2008.

Atkin Olshin Schade Architects, with offices in Philadelphia and Santa Fe, New Mexico, was the premier architectural firm. The firm partnered with Hastings & Chivetta Architects of St. Louis, Missouri, on the project.

In addition to the $ 23.3 million from Penn State capital plan funds, the Berks student body has committed $ 5 million of its tuition fees to the project. The balance will be funded by housing and food services, the University Access Committee and the Berks Campus.

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