WATERLOO, Ont. (August 26, 2013) - Due to a number of contributing factors, a revised completion timeline for the renovation to the Fitness Centre has been announced by the Wilfrid Laurier University Department of Athletics and Recreation.
The delay in completion is due to a combination of factors, including the late delivery of necessary materials as well as the availability of labour.
"We continue to work together with the contractor and are considering all available options under the contract to ensure completion at the earliest possible date," said athletics and recreation director Peter Baxter
. "As we move forward with the project, we are moving towards a partial occupancy of the Fitness Centre by mid-September and full occupancy shortly thereafter."
During the delay, the Athletic Complex will continue to offer the opportunity to utilize equipment in a variety of areas within the building as follows:
Cardio & Circuit Equipment: The new location will be the Multipurpose Classrooms (AC 203/205) and Squash Court #2. Bikes, ellipticals and treadmills will all be offered in the cardio area.
Strength Equipment & Free Weights: The new Location will be in Squash Court #1 and Squash Court #2.
Programming such as intramurals, wellness, aquatics and dance will continue as scheduled while extended open gym times at both the Athletic Complex and University Stadium will also be offered.
Access to the building will continue from the East exterior King St. doors which are located near the King St. bus stop location. As well, the majority of Customer Service operations will be located at the lower level Hawk Desk (formerly the equipment desk).
"We sincerely thank all students, members and the Laurier community for their patience as we move forward in preparation for the opening of our new facility," added Baxter. "In the meantime, our temporary setup will provide all of our users with a balanced fitness experience."
The renovation of the Fitness Centre, which began late in August of 2012, will see the building more than double in square footage upon completion. Upon opening, it will be an industry leader in providing a full, inclusive experience for all types of users. The space will feature approximately $800,000 worth of new equipment as well as a dramatic increase in the space for cardio, free weights, strength training and stretching zones while also adding a TRX training station and two studios.
Questions and comments can be directed to:
Director of Athletics and Recreation
Associate Director, Recreation and Facilities