The College of the Holy Cross has announced plans to build a new $30 million recreation and wellness center. Dubbed the Joanne Chouinard-Luth Recreation and Wellness Center, or “The Jo” for short, the 52,000-square-foot, three-story facility will feature weight rooms, sports courts, group fitness classes, a golf simulator, an elevated track and other amenities. The project is expected to be complete by fall 2020. —

Tulane University has announced construction plans for its new Slatten Family Strength Center. The $1.2 million project will enhance the school’s primary weight room and feature new equipment. A higher ceiling, a new floor, a new lighting system, more natural light and a reconfigured office space for coaches are among planned structural enhancements. —  

The Idaho State Board of Education unanimously voted to approve the University of Idaho’s request to help fund the 4,200-seat, $46 million Idaho Central Credit Union Arena. The school sought approval to loan itself $29 million from reserves to fund the project, which will be repaid through various means. So far, the school has received $16 million in donations, and is hoping to raise a total of $25 million for the project. The remaining monies will be raised by student fees. By loaning itself the $29 million, the school hopes to speed the process along, covering the current donations gap and allowing the student fee dollars to be raised over time. — The Argonaut

The Laurier Brantford YMCA in Brantford, Ont., recently celebrated its grand opening. The facility, designed by CannonDesign, is equipped with a double gym with retractable stadium seating for 860, two pools, a cardio and weight training area, group fitness studios, meeting rooms and community space. — Laurier Brantford YMCA [Photo credit: Adrien Williams]

Virginia Tech University recently completed a new outdoor fitness space on campus. The facility features Thrive 900 equipment from GameTime, allowing for multiple users to access the facility at a time, with a variety of exercise options for various fitness levels. In addition to the fitness space, the site includes two outdoor basketball courts, two sand volleyball courts and an open grass field.

Virginia Tech Outdoor Facility [Photo Credit: Charlotte photographer -] 

Something to keep an eye on: the Carolina Panthers are reportedly in talks to relocate their team headquarters and practice facilities from Charlotte, N.C., to a site in South Carolina. South Carolina governor Henry McMaster reportedly met with team leadership to discuss the notion of building a practice facility that would also include parking, offices and other necessary facilities. It may even be developed into a destination sports venue with hotels, restaurants and retail shops. —

Jason Scott is Online Managing Editor of Athletic Business.