Students drive design of the new Student Rec Center
Author: Tony Rasmussen, (503) 725-8390,
Posted: January 15, 2005

The student oversight committee for the Student Rec Center has made significant improvements to the design of the new building. The group aims to make the rec center accessible to all students and to delay the implementation of the student recreation fee.

Currently, the student committee, administrators, and architects are exploring the feasibility of building on the PCAT site. "There is no better place to build a community rec center than the heart of the campus," said student body President Christy Harper.

Based on student feedback, multiple improvements have been made to the accessibility of the building for students with disabilities. Students have also pushed for the creation a rooftop garden and increased community space in the main lobby. "The student involvement has exceeded my expectations and made a significant difference in our designs," said Alex Accetta, the coordinator of Campus Recreation. Students also successfully campaigned to keep private companies, such as 24 Hour Fitness and Bally's Fitness, out of the building.

In addition to state of the art fitness services, the center will provide space for student clubs, dance, and a sudent-managed home for recreation and wellness at PSU.