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Mount St. Joseph University Announces Construction of New Recreation & Fitness Center

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File Under: athletics, campus expansion, transformation 2025

Pictorial representation of new recreation and fitness center at Mount St. Joseph University


CINCINNATI, Ohio (April 29, 2019) – Mount St. Joseph University broke ground today on the estimated $18 million Recreation & Fitness Center, which is the University’s first new building project in 15 years.

The Recreation & Fitness Center is the first of four construction projects that are outlined in the University’s Strategic Vision. The last major construction project on campus was in 2004, when the University built its Sports Complex.

“The new Recreation & Fitness Center is the first bold step of many bold steps to come in the future, as outlined in our Strategic Vision, known as Transformation 2025,” said Dr. H. James Williams, President of Mount St. Joseph University. “It is a distinct example of how the Mount has always focused on enhancing the student experience and creating a vibrant campus environment.”

The Recreation & Fitness Center will provide an indoor practice space for a wide range of the Mount’s sports teams as well as a fitness center for the entire Mount community. The 86,000-square-foot project is scheduled for completion in 2020 during the University’s Centennial Year.

One of the most expansive features in the new facility is a free-spanning indoor practice and training space – the field house – which will accommodate several sports teams and sporting activities, including the track & field, softball, baseball, lacrosse, and soccer teams. The field area will be surrounded by an indoor, 200-meter, six-lane running track that will be the only indoor NCAA regulation-size track in the region.

The large facility will include five locker rooms for use by MSJ teams and visitors. Amenities include the Athletic Hall of Fame as well as banners and signage that will showcase school spirit.

“Today, 60 percent of all incoming freshmen express an interest in athletics and 44 percent of our students are involved in one of our 22 NCAA Division III teams, in addition to those who choose club and intramural sports,” said Athletic Director Steve Radcliffe. “This new facility is a purposeful response to the Mount’s growth, and our coaches are excited about all of the possibilities for their teams.”

The second section of the building will contain a fitness area with state-of-the-art workout and cardiovascular equipment, such as treadmills, stair climbers, stationary bicycles, elliptical machines, and rowing machines, as well as multi-purpose exercise space for fitness classes and activities, including yoga, cross-training, and dance. “This facility will highlight the Mount’s commitment to the balanced development of body, mind, and spirit,” Radcliffe said.

“It is a space that all of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni can use,” he added. “I really see it as a place where student-athletes and students can come together in a more holistic way to share the university experience; it’s also going to enable the community to better experience the Mount.”

From a sustainability perspective, the building aligns with the Mount’s environmental focus. The structure has been designed with many energy-efficient features, including a photovoltaic (solar energy) panel system on the roof, low-flow plumbing fixtures, large glass windows that incorporate natural light, and an electric-vehicle charging station.

“The space in the new Recreation & Fitness Center will also offer a practice area for the University Band, which is currently constrained by a lack of space; and it will serve other uses, too, such as space for conferences, exhibits, and social activities,” Radcliffe said. “This center will be an inclusive environment for all students to learn and to practice healthy lifestyle choices.”

BHDP and Moody Nolan are the architects and Messer Construction is the builder for the Mount’s new Recreation & Fitness Center. Construction is projected to begin in the summer of 2019.

About the Mount
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