Florida Polytechnic University will soon break ground on a state-of-the-art wellness and aquatics center on campus that will be shaped like the school's mascot, the phoenix.
The yet-to-be-named facility will include a range of facilities for strength, cardio and aquatics. The center will also have a dedicated space for students to design and test new technologies for physical and health training.
“Our students are constantly evolving, creating, designing, collaborating and inventing,” said Florida Poly’s Campus Recreation and Fitness Coordinator Ashley Ross. “A continuously sharp mind demands a healthy body, and this facility provides a tremendous resource for students to accomplish this.”
The university says the need for the new facility became especially clear as attendance and usage of the its current wellness center increased by 408% since last year, and 90% of students who participate in intramural sports programs found positive professional and social development helps them in the workplace.
The new wellness center will include a more than 2,700 square-foot strength training area, a multipurpose room that can be used for group fitness classes and applied learning, two professional office spaces as well as a meeting room for both student and faculty usage and a covered outdoor rock climbing wall. Fully accommodating locker rooms will be available as well as two pools behind the building, one for lap swimming and the other for activities and intramural water sports.
“The project combines the inventive campus spirit with a sustainable design approach,” said Tim Hoeft, managing principal at Straughn Trout Architects, who developed the design concept. “For Florida Poly, the Phoenix is not only emblematic, but it also personifies the unique and innovative campus culture, which our design team found inspiring.”
Construction is expected to begin this fall with the goal of opening the facility for student use in the summer of 2017.