For Immediate Release
August 17, 2006
The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking for the new Recreation, Education and Kinesiology Center on Tuesday, August 22 at 10 a.m.
The $25 million REK facility is located at the corner of University Boulevard and Ringgold Street.
The REK will anchor the planned campus recreation zone, and include everything from classrooms, faculty offices, a motor development lab and an exercise and physiology lab as well as racquetball courts, a weight room and lap pool.
“The REK center will be a great addition to the campus and will benefit the students, faculty and the public,” said Eduardo Campirano, TSC board member and chair of the REK committee. “This project is an example of leveraging local tax dollars with student revenues to provide a facility that meets the educational and recreational needs of the campus.”
The REK facility is the first of the seven bond projects in the $68 million bond package to break ground. Financing for the facility is also coming from student fees.
In 2004, a group of students called the “Rec-ing Crew” lobbied and convinced their fellow students to vote “yes” to raise student fees to pay for the new building.
“I am so excited for the students and it is hard to believe we are about to break ground. It really is going to happen,” said Alex Salinas, a member of the “Rec-ing Crew. “ I can hardly wait for the building to be completed.”
They “Rec-ing Crew” also visited campuses across the state researching what kind of facility UTB/TSC should have. Some of the students are serving on the campus advisory committee that provides input for the building design and other details for the project.
Since August of 2005, bond advisory committees have been meeting to oversee the bond projects, such as the REK. Faculty, staff, students and community members provide input and review recommendations from campus advisory committees regarding architect selection, programming, schematic design, substantial completion, and final acceptance.
The bond package approved by the voters in the fall of 2004, will pay for new classrooms, a music education facility, a new library as well as expansion of the existing library, a center for early childhood studies and a center for research into Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.