U. of Nevada Unveils E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center | Athletic Business

U. of Nevada Unveils E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center

Rendering courtesy Worth Group Architects.
Rendering courtesy Worth Group Architects.

Last week, more than 200 students were on hand to be among the first to get a workout in at the University of Nevada, Reno’s $47.5 million E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center.

The center was officially opened to the campus community last Monday after more than a year of planning and construction. Among the features of the 108,000-square-foot space are an indoor track, three basketball courts, a fitness stairway and designated weightlifting and cardio training areas. It more than doubles the fitness space previously available on campus.

University President Marc Johnson told KTVN-TV that the facility could help in student recruitment and retention. “We’ve learned through studies that a fitness center is one of the top five reasons that students choose a campus,” he said.

Rendering courtesy of Hastings+Chivetta Architects. Click to see moreRendering courtesy of Hastings+Chivetta Architects. Click to see more

In addition to providing a boost to recruitment and retention efforts, the fitness facility is expected to improve quality-of-life and academic achievement among the student population.

“There is a tremendous amount of research and data that connects student fitness levels to improved cognitive function, academic performance, social networks and engagement on campus, plus a decrease in stress and anxiety,” director of campus fitness and rec sports Jim Fitzsimmons told Nevada Today.

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The facility, a project by the Worth Group Architects & Designers and Hastings+Chivetta Architects, was funded in part by foundation gifts, including an $8 million naming gift from the E.L. Wiegand Foundation. Student fees and bonds also contributed to the facility.

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