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Fitness Centre expansion plans finalized
WATERLOO, Ont. (April 18, 2012) - Starting this August, the Fitness Centre at Wilfrid Laurier's Athletic Complex will undergo a $5.3 million dollar expansion project that will see almost 11,000 square feet added to the facility, nearly doubling its current size.

The project, which has been designed by the Toronto-based firm Perkins + Will, will add an additional floor to the current Fitness Centre while revamping the main entrance to the facility.

"This expansion has been generously funded by the Laurier students and demonstrates tremendous leadership on their part," commented Director of Athletics and Recreation PETER BAXTER. "As the university has grown, so has the demand for providing students access to health and wellness opportunities. This has pushed our current facility to the limits of its capacity and by doubling the space, it will allow all of our users to continue to enjoy their experience."

The expansion will feature a dramatic increase in the amount of space for the cardio, strength training and stretching zones in the facility while also adding room for TRX Training. It will also increase the existing space for free weights by more than 30 percent.

In addition, the updated facility will feature a divisible exercise area that will allow for circuit training, personal or group training and womens only workout times.

"By providing a number of different workout options, we believe that this expansion will reduce the waiting time for equipment while also providing a welcoming atmosphere for all of our constituents," continued Baxter. "Users will be able to move through the facility with greater ease in a space that will be very welcoming to everyone."

With space in the Fitness Centre more than doubling by the completion of the project, targeted for September 2013, the Department of Athletics and Recreation will purchase nearly $800,000 worth of new equipment. Included in the equipment additions will be improved cardio equipment, two full sets of circuit training machines, free weights, stretching and core training equipment along with the new TRX training system.

The final aspect of the new space will feature an expanded entrance to the Athletic Complex which will allow easier access to the facility while also providing a social destination which will celebrate Wilfrid Laurier Athletics and Recreation.
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