SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.VA. ? Shepherd University officials on Thursday broke ground on a $21.6 million wellness center that will include a 25-yard, eight-lane pool, gymnasium, two racquetball courts, indoor jogging track, a weightlifting and fitness area and other amenities.
Construction on the building next to the Butcher Center on the west campus started about Nov. 1, and the facility is expected to be completed in the spring of 2009, said James Vigil, director of auxiliary enterprises for Shepherd.
Shepherd officials decided to build a wellness center after realizing that the school's recreation offerings were not adequate for students and also because competing schools were offering their students about twice as many recreational opportunities, Vigil said.
Shepherd wants to return competition swimming to its offerings
Another reason a wellness center was needed is because Sara Cree Hall, the building on the east campus where wellness programs have been offered, was built in 1952 and its swimming pool cannot be used for competition swimming, Shepherd officials have said.