WPI Announces Plans for New Sports and Recreation Center
WPI officially kicked off the campaign for the new Sports and Recreation Center with a special event on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at Gillette Stadium. Construction will start immediately following the 2010 Commencement, with the facility to be completed by August 2012. WPI seeks to raise $30 million from alumni and friends to support this historic project. The last sports and recreation facility built by WPI is Harrington Auditorium, completed in 1968.
The 140,000-square-foot Sports and Recreation Center is the next major project in the Institute's seven-year capital projects plan. It will be built at the west end of the campus quadrangle, and will overlook the quadrangle to the east and Alumni Field to the west. The building will include fitness facilities and a fitness center, a four-court gymnasium, an indoor running track, rowing tanks, a natatorium with a competition pool, and offices and meeting spaces. Plans also call for large event space that will allow WPI to host conferences, robotics competitions, career fairs, admissions open houses, and alumni events.
In 2007, WPI's Board of Trustees endorsed a policy calling for the design of all future buildings on campus to be environmentally friendly and meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification standards from the U.S. Green Building Council, which provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest performance standards. To date, WPI boasts two LEED-certified buildings. Earlier this year, East Hall, a residence hall for juniors and seniors that features the first green roof in Worcester, achieved LEED Gold certification. The Bartlett Center, the university's admissions and financial aid building, achieved LEED certification in 2006, becoming Worcester's first LEED-certified university building. Accordingly, the university will seek LEED Certification for the new recreation center.