YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio—August 19, 2014—Antioch College’s newly renovated 44,000-square-foot Wellness Center will officially open to the Yellow Springs community on September 6, 2014.
To commemorate the opening, the College will host a grand opening community celebration on September 6, 2014, from 12:00 until 4:00 p.m., with a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting scheduled at 12:00 p.m. The community is invited to come together for a day of celebration, including activities such as basketball, volleyball, pickleball and tennis, plus healthy cuisine from several area food trucks (Kinetic, The Shakery Juice Bar, La Pampa Grill). Wellness Center memberships will be available for purchase during the event.
The Wellness Center, formerly known as the Curl Gymnasium, recently completed a $7.8 million renovation, which began in June 2013. The original gym dates back to 1929. Contractors have rehabbed or reconfigured the facility, preserving historic architectural elements of the building while upgrading for improved functionality and energy use.
The Wellness Center will be a resource for students, as well as faculty, staff and the wider Yellow Springs community. It will serve as the campus venue in which students and citizens alike can engage in behaviors that promote health, personal growth and an enhanced quality of life.
In addition to providing a rich and intellectual environment, Antioch College is committed to serving students’ physical health and wellness needs. Research on student recruitment, retention and success confirms the importance of having a recreational facility and a robust set of recreation offerings on campus.
“The Wellness Center will be a place for the College and the community to focus on fitness and health in a truly beautiful and inspiring environment,” said Wellness Center executive director Monica Hasek.
WELLNESS CENTER FEATURES
The Center will offer a wide range of classes taught by experienced and certified instructors. Programs will include: group fitness, mind/body classes such as mindfulness meditation, martial arts and yoga, intramural and club sports, aquatic fitness, swimming and tennis lessons, personal training, special events, educational programing and lectures on health-related topics and holistic approaches, outdoor expeditions and much more. Initial programmatic offerings might be adjusted in the future, based on community interest and feedback. Childcare and programing for children will be available certain hours.
The Wellness Center features the following amenities:
- A six-lane, regulation-length indoor swimming pool made cleaner and greener with a UV filtration system
- A large therapeutic whirlpool
- A fully equipped fitness room with state-of-the-art cardio equipment, strength machines, weight-lifting equipment and a walking track
- Indoor courts for basketball, volleyball, badminton and pickleball
- Studio spaces for group fitness classes, martial arts, yoga and more
- Two racquetball courts
- Six outdoor tennis courts
- Large multi-use space for special events, lectures, conferences, retreats and performances
- Lounge and patio spaces for gathering
- A healthy “grab-and-go” snack bar
In May 2013, the Antioch College Board of Trustees authorized College administrators to move ahead with plans for the Wellness Center renovations, based on plans submitted by Pittsburgh architecture firm MacLachlan, Cornelius & Filoni after several visits to campus and meetings with a steering committee that included senior administrators, faculty and representatives of the Board of Trustees’ facilities committee. Thomas & Marker Construction, from Columbus, Ohio, has been the construction manager on the project since its approval.
The 44,000-square-foot building has been renovated to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards while honoring its historical characteristics. Filled with natural light and open spaces, operable windows and energy efficient systems, the center will be heated and cooled by the College’s central geothermal system and will operate at 50% reduced energy compared to a conventional building of its size. It will provide a safe, vibrant and tranquil space for recreation, with non-toxic furniture and finishes, and no televisions or piped-in music—an intentional decision on behalf of the community and staff.
Major renovations included: replacing and upgrading mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems; installation of a newly insulated roof, windows, doors, and floors; exterior and interior masonry restoration to preserve existing brick; restoration of 2 racquetball courts; and the construction of new studio spaces, snack bar, locker rooms, restrooms, and lounge area. Renovations to the outside of the building include a beautifully landscaped courtyard with outdoor seating, an outdoor deck adjacent to the new swimming pool, a rain garden with native plantings, new sidewalks and a drop-off circle for motor vehicles.
In the natatorium, a brand new competition-length pool was built with stainless steel walls and an eco-friendly UV filtration system. Additional improvements to the pool area include: a new concrete deck, a large therapeutic whirlpool and new lighting.
Formerly not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the facility has been brought up to code by installing an elevator, handicap lifts in the pool and whirlpool, ramps and widening hallways.
Embracing Antioch's vision of sustainability, the renovation is expected to achieve LEED certification in the near future.
Antioch College’s vision is to strengthen community ties by sharing many of the College’s assets, such as The Glen Helen Nature Preserve, WYSO 91.3 FM, the Herndon Gallery and the Coretta Scott King Center, with the community of Yellow Springs and surrounding areas. The newly renovated Wellness Center will also foster this connection by providing a shared place where people of all ages and walks of life can come together for recreation, exercise and educational opportunities.
Antioch College received an anonymous gift to begin the Wellness Center renovation project, and the fundraising team is actively raising additional money to support the systematic renovation of the campus.
The Wellness Center is the third renovation project since the College re-opened in the fall of 2011. The historic North Hall, one of Antioch’s first three original buildings, received a $5.7 million renovation, which included the insulation of a geothermal heating and cooling system, as well as a photovoltaic array on its roof.
An initial $3.6 million investment allowed Antioch to refurbish one-third of the laboratories and classrooms in the Science Building. The second phase of the renovation will cost an estimated $7.4 million.
“We integrate sustainability into everything we do, including clean energy sources, pursuit of LEED certification in all our construction projects, and classroom and experiential learning focused on finding new and better ways of living in a balanced, respectful relationship with our natural environment,” said Mark Roosevelt, President of Antioch College. “We expect that when we are done, a great deal of attention will be focused on Antioch and Yellow Springs as we become a national model for sustainability in higher education.”
About Antioch College
Antioch College is a small, liberal arts institution located on a historical campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The College has an inspiring mission and a proud history of educating leaders and contributors to our society, including Nobel Laureates, Fulbright Scholars, MacArthur Fellows, notables in arts and culture, the sciences, the public sector, and business. Our innovative baccalaureate program integrates rigorous classroom learning with full-time work and community engagement. Commitments to social justice, sustainability, and global issues are important components of the Antioch College experience. A low student–faculty ratio provides Antioch College students with personal attention from professors who have a strong commitment to teaching. Originally founded in 1850, Antioch College is authorized by the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents to grant the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.