With the formal dedication of the Saurwein Health & Wellness Center – Heidelberg’s newest facility – just weeks away, faculty and staff have begun to move into their new office spaces, the facility’s new director is on board and workout equipment is in place, ready for the arrival of students later this month.
“This has been a great construction process from beginning to end,” said Rod Morrison, associate vice president for facilities and engineering who served as the project manager. Morrison offered high praise for general contractor Thomas & Marker, who “fast-tracked” the project to completion slightly ahead of schedule.
With occupancy permits secured, coaches, athletic training faculty and staff and others have begun settling into their office spaces in the 22,000-square-foot facility. Dustin Brentlinger, dean of Student Affairs, anticipates timing the opening of the facility for campus use with the arrival of students near the end of August.
Heidelberg is partnering with the Tiffin Community YMCA to provide programming and classes in the new facility for the campus community and YMCA members. Brentlinger said that when the schedule is in full swing, the YMCA will offer three or four classes every day. YMCA members would have full access to classes offered at Saurwein and limited access to the two workout areas.
“In essence, we have created an extension of the YMCA,” Brentlinger said, adding that Heidelberg students will still be able to use the YMCA’s pool, courts and sauna as before.
Overseeing the operation of the facility will be Kayela Tidrick, who began her responsibilities as director on Aug. 6. For the previous two years, she was the coordinator of competitive sports and camps at Cleveland State University. She has expertise in managing and administering intramural programs, facility management, financial forecasting, strategic planning and the creation of policies and procedures. She has a bachelor’s degree in sport and exercise science from the University of Akron and a master’s degree in sports management from Ashland University.
Those who visit the new facility will notice a decidedly Heidelberg motif in the carpeting, tile accents, color scheme and other highlights. A full range of state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment awaits visitors to the center. In all, Saurwein is equipped with 14 pieces of strength training equipment, 14 types of free weights and 10 pieces of cardio equipment, including a climbing apparatus, an incline trainer, treadmills, elliptical machines, a rower and a rope machine.
Saurwein also provides some picturesque views – from its grand entrance to the balcony overlooking the first-floor workout space. Perhaps one of the most striking views is at the rear of the facility that overlooks Heidelberg’s football field. Classroom and workout spaces also look out onto the lower campus, which is being landscaped this summer and fall.
The $4.3 million center, named in honor of alumni and benefactors Cliff and Mary Saurwein, also features a health technology suite, a food nutrition center, classrooms and lounge space. In keeping with the Saurweins’ wishes, the center will be a welcoming place for all members of the campus community to gather in a comfortable space and work toward healthier lifestyles.
The university is planning to host an official dedication ceremony and donor recognition event for Sept. 13.