WATERLOO, Ont. (November 13, 2013) - Wilfrid Laurier Athletics and Recreation officially unveiled on Wednesday afternoon the $5 million renovation to its Fitness Centre in a ceremony held at the Athletic Complex in front of a large group of students, faculty and staff.
The renovation more than doubles the size of the original Fitness Centre, constructed in 2005, thanks to the addition of a second floor. As well, a new main entrance to the Athletic Complex makes it a social destination for the Laurier community and features a large mural highlighting the history of Athletics and Recreation at the University. The additions bring the total size of the building to more than 20,000 square feet.
Laurier students were major supporters of the renovation, contributing the $5 million through a student referendum in 2010.
"This expansion has been generously funded by the Laurier students and demonstrates tremendous leadership on their part," commented PETER BAXTER
, the Director of Athletics and Recreation. "As the university has grown, so has the demand for providing students access to health and wellness opportunities. This pushed our old facility to the limits of its capacity and by doubling the space, it allows all of our users to continue to enjoy their experience."
The expansion features 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 also increases the existing space for free weights by more than 30 percent.
In order to fill the added space in the building, the Department of Athletics and Recreation purchased nearly $800,000 worth of new equipment. Included in the new equipment purchases are improved cardio equipment, two full sets of circuit training machines, free weights, stretching and core training equipment along with the new TRX training system.
In addition, the updated facility features 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 reduces the waiting time for equipment while also providing a welcoming atmosphere for all of our constituents," continued Baxter. "Users are able to move through the facility with greater ease in a space that is very welcoming to everyone."
On hand at Wednesday's ceremonies was Laurier's Vice President of Student Affairs David McMurray, Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations Rob Donelson, Wilfrid Laurier Student Union President Annie Constantinescu as well as representatives from Laurier's Physical Resources and Perkins + Will, the Toronto-based firm who designed the expansion.