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Updated: August 27, 2013
Yes, there will be two entrances throughout the exterior of the building. In addition, the outdoor pool will have a seasonal access point.
The SRC will have an outdoor leisure pool in the shape of “LSU” as well as an 8 lane outdoor lap pool adjacent to the leisure pool.
The new project is expected to add a 35′ climbing wall that will span two stories in an open area in the center of the SRC.
The SRC will have an indoor running trail just under a 1/2 mile in length, spanning 2 levels of the building. It will be the longest indoor running trail in a collegiate recreational facility.
An “Extreme fit” area with sloped turf for indoor training will provide participants with a fitness experience they can’t find anywhere else within the facility. Think Crossfit and “Biggest Loser” type of spaces.
Currently, plans are to keep a vendor in the lobby of the SRC. We really like Smoothie King too!
Yes, Intramural and Sport Club games will take place at the new River Rd. Sportsplex.
I always have a hard time getting involved in a game of pick-up basketball. Will there be more open recreation space?
Upon completion of the project, UREC will have 10 total gymnasium courts.
Yes, the project will see growth in student employment from approximately the 200 student employees, to approximately 375-400 student employees when completed.
The current Student Recreation Center is just over 20 years old, opened in 1992.
This is something that has been discussed and will be finalized at a later date.
The new project will see an addition of just over 300 parking spaces added adajacent and around the current location of the Student Recreation Center. These spots are anticipated to be available for use in the beginning of the Spring 2014 semester.
Sometimes I just need to have a meeting at UREC for a short period of time. Will there be any short-term parking available?
There will be enforced two-hour access spots outside the Student Recreation Center for those individuals who will be visiting for a short period of time.
Grace and Herbert Architects (of Baton Rouge, LA) and 360 Architecture (of Kansas City, MO) were selected as the architects for UREC’s expansion and redesign project.
The current plan is projected to cost approximately $84.75 million.
Currently, the project is slated to begin in May 2013.
The project is currently scheduled for three phases, which are estimated to be completed during the Summer of 2016. The entire project is estimated to be completed in 36-48 months.
Currently, there are three planned stages for the expansion and redesign of UREC.
Start date of June 2013 – estimated completion of Spring 2014
Start date of June 2013 – completed August 2013
Start date of September 2013 – estimated completion of January 2014
Estimated start date of late Spring 2014 – estimated completion of Summer 2016
Click here for more information regarding specifics to projects scheduled for each phase.
Student fees will increase incrementally over a three year period, with an addition of $45 each semester for three years. The fee will increase by $135 after three years, meaning students will pay a total of $200 for their UREC fee. Once the fee is in place, membership will be approximately equal to that of $36 a month for a private gym membership.
What happens if I pay the increase in student fee, but will graduate before the project is completed?
Any student that pays a part of the fee increase and then doesn’t have an opportunity to use the facility because they graduated before it is brought online, will have the opportunity to use the facility for as many semesters as they paid for it. After that time has elapsed, they may purchase an alumni membership.
The Student Recreation Center will increase its square footage from 120,000 to 270,000.
NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation, has established that the nationally accepted standard for indoor recreation space is 9 square feet per student.
In the original presentations, you stated the average sq. foot per person of UREC’s current space was 4.1 square feet/person. What will UREC’s square foot/person be upon completion?
Upon its completion, recreation space at LSU will increase to approximately 9.6/person.
I am currently a UREC member who pays for a membership. Should I expect to see an increase in my membership price upon the completion of the project?
Because the project will see an increase in fees for students due to the project cost, UREC members will also see an increase in membership fees.
In order to make the current Student Recreation Center fit seamlessly with the expansion project that will occur off the north end of the facility, the entire Student Recreation Center will be resdesigned and organized.
Because the project is slated to occur in two different phases, there will never be a time in which UREC will be closed. Certain areas of UREC may be modified, and UREC will do its best to have the least amount of interference with those using the facility as possible.
LSU full-time students are automatically members. In addition, part-time LSU students, faculty/staff, alumni, and those established as LSU affiliates may purchase a membership.
From our patrons
I heard that because of upcoming renovations to UREC, there will be no Intramural Flag Football in the Fall of 2013. Is this true?
UREC will be offering Flag Football in the Fall 2013 semester. Space will be limited due to the construction, but UREC is working to accommodate as many teams as possible in what has previously been UREC’s most popular Intramural Sport offering. Click here to view Intramural Sport offerings for the Fall 2013 semester.