Rec. Centre Update

Input on UCC to occur soon

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Alongside a number of ongoing projects this fall, construction on the new Campus Recreation facility is well underway.

The new recreation facility, which was approved in February 2006 in a referendum during the University Students’ Council presidential election, is slated to have a number of amenities, including five gyms, a 19,000 square foot cardio and weight lifting area, and a 50-metre pool.

Geoff Vogt, manager of Campus Recreation, said the new facilities should allow their services, such as intramural sports and exercise classes, to become more accessible for all students.

“Currently we have to turn away some students from the programming we offer [due to space constraints],” he said.

While the recreation centre is still under construction, the USC has formed a committee, the Renovation of the University Community Centre to decide what to do with the space currently occupied by Campus Rec.

The group, which was formed in August, has met several times since its inception and is finding ways to gauge what students want with potential renovations to the UCC.

David Singh, VP-finance of the USC, said one way the group is looking at engaging student feedback is through a system called World Café, which focuses more on why students want certain amenities than what they want.

“We’re looking at a bunch of stakeholders on campus to see what they want,” he said.

Singh also said over the next few months the USC will be holding town hall meetings to get additional input on what to do with the UCC space.

While it is still early to speculate the completion of the project, Boris Pertout, project manager at Physical Plant, said construction is still on schedule to be completed by summer 2008.

The $33.9 million facility will be jointly financed by both students and Western’s Board of Governors, with Western agreeing to contribute $10.6 million and the other $23.3 million to be provided by student fees.

Based on the results of the referendum, starting in 2008, students will be paying an additional $77 in student fees to jointly finance the new centre and the occupancy costs of the newly acquired space in the USC. The fee is broken down by $60 for the recreation centre, and $17 for UCC renovations. The $60 fee is subject to a three per cent increase each year to reflect the cost of inflation.

The increase in student fees corresponds with three fees slotted to expire at the end of 2007, which total $104.53.

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