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Springfield College to Hold Ribbon Cutting for New Wellness Center, Field House, Athletic Training/Exercise Science Complex

September 24, 2008

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Sept. 24, 2008 – Slicing ceremonial maroon and white ribbons, Springfield College President Richard B. Flynn will officially open the college’s new Wellness Center, Field House, and Athletic Training/Exercise Science Complex at a noon ceremony, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008, before an audience of the college’s students, faculty, staff and trustees.

Sharing the podium with Flynn will be former chair of the college’s board of trustees James E. Walsh, other board members, and student leaders. After the ceremony, the buildings will be open for tours.

“Springfield College has a national and international reputation for many of its programs, and these new facilities, which are exceptional in every respect, will enhance its reputation further. Facilities are to facilitate programs, and these facilities will not only serve our academic, recreation, and athletic programs, but will also enhance the quality of life for our current and future students,” said Flynn, who has written several books about facilities planning.

The new facilities comprise 160,560 square feet of instructional, athletic, and recreational space equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. They are connected to both the Physical Education Complex and Art Linkletter Natatorium.

The new buildings will support many of the college’s degree programs, including athletic training, physical education, exercise science, and sport management. They will also serve as the center of campus recreation and wellness programs for the college’s students, faculty and staff. Also using them will be members of the college’s many athletic teams.

The 93,820 square-foot Field House, with the same Mondo track surface used in the bird’s nest National Stadium in Beijing at the 2008 Olympic Games, includes a six-lane running track surrounding four multi-purpose courts, plus strength and conditioning facilities, and locker rooms and concession space.

The two-story, 47,840-square-foot Wellness Center is designed to be a wellness and activity hub of the campus. It features cardio and weight training space and the latest equipment, a climbing and bouldering wall, four multi-purpose teaching/activity spaces, fitness testing laboratories, and faculty/staff offices.

The Wellness Center will be the site of programs and services fostering physical, social, intellectual, spiritual and emotional wellness including group exercise classes, wellness seminars, healthy living lectures, personal training and counseling, fitness and wellness testing, and open recreation.

The Athletic Training/Exercise Science Complex includes classrooms and state-of-the-art laboratories and research space for the study of all aspects of human performance. In the new facility, the athletic training faculty and students under their supervision will provide athletic health care services to student-athletes.

The Wellness Center and Field House are the latest buildings completed with support from the largest fund raising campaign in Springfield College’s 123-year history, “Leadership for the 21st Century.” Last year, the college expanded and completely renovated Schoo-Bemis Science Center into a state-of-the-art science teaching facility. Construction is underway for a new campus union and a total renovation of the Beveridge Center, scheduled for completion in fall 2009.

The architect for the Wellness Center, Field House, and Athletic Training/Exercise Science Complex is DiLullo Associates of Melrose, Mass., and the project manager is Aramark Education. The construction manager is Erland Construction, Inc. of Burlington, Mass.

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