Recreation, fitness center completion date delayed

Delaney Hassell, Assistant Social Media Manager

In an email sent out students on Friday from Colonial Central, it was announced that the opening of the new recreation and fitness center would be delayed.

Perry Roofner, vice president for facilities, stated that construction began for the new facility in January 2017 and the plan was for an “aggressive eight-month schedule.”

“Although we anticipated the building would be completed prior to students’ return, the new facility will open in time to showcase at Homecoming on Sept. 16,” Roofner said in the email.

Classes at Robert Morris begin on Monday, Aug. 28, with freshman orientation starting a week prior. No information was released on if the current gym facility, Jefferson Center, would remain open for students to use until the new facility is open.

for the when students return to the time of the new rec center opening.

In the new facility, there will be approximately 40,000 square feet of programming and exercise space. It  will include the following:

  • Enhanced recreation and sports programming
  • Expanded free weight and cardio exercise room for weight training and fitness instruction
  • Rooms for cycling, pilates, group exercise, Zumba, yoga, and wellness programs
  • Recreation and sports space for volleyball, basketball, indoor soccer, and more
  • State-of-the-art functional fitness room
  • Flexible programming space
  • Modern locker rooms with private showers
  • Indoor social gathering and programming spaces and outdoor patio with a healthy food and beverage center
  • Dedicated space for Men’s and Women’s Soccer and Women’s Softball

To see blue prints of the new facility click here.