With the dramatic floor-to-ceiling glass beginning to be installed on the new Saurwein Health & Wellness Center, the facility’s eventual look is beginning to be revealed.
During a walkthrough on March 26, Rod Morrison, associate vice president for facilities and engineering, said that construction is on schedule. All of the glass windows should be completely installed by the middle of next week, and at that time, crews will be ready to start tile work.
Inside, designated spaces have been defined. On both floors, a wide corridor divides existing and new construction. Entering from the west, a spacious fitness area is taking shape. Locker rooms and restrooms divide the fitness area and a gamer oom and lounge area. Near the east end is the food and nutrition center and an area for vending machines.
A second-story balcony at the west edge of the large cardio area overlooks the fitness area. Also positioned on the second floor are two large multi-purpose areas and two classrooms as well as six offices for faculty and staff of the athletic training and physical education programs along the north wall. The east exit has a lovely view of Mayer Field.
Work progresses on the existing space inside Seiberling Gymnasium that will be connected to Saurwein. The area that was formerly the handball courts has been divided into two floors to create office space for coaches, graduate assistants and the sports information director.