Rec Project On Budget, On Time

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Cal State Fullerton, the fastest-growing and most-attended CSU, is on target with the latest campus project, the Student Recreation Center.

The Design and Construction team at CSUF is moving along as planned, said Contract Project Manager Will Nighswonger.

“We have run into some issues,” Nighswonger said. “At times it’s like pulling teeth, but it’s nothing out of the ordinary. We’re on budget and on schedule.”

The Rec Center is a completely student-funded and student-driven project, said Mike Smith, director of Design and Construction. The cost of building the new center came directly from the recently increased student fees, bonds and Titan Student Union reserve funds.

In addition to the climbing wall, indoor track and swimming pools that will be located at the Rec Center, Smith said the Design and Construction team are considering building a roller hockey rink and hard courts for basketball and volleyball on the area which is now called “Dumbo Downs.”

When the Rec Center is completed, it will also feature one of the largest weight-training facilities on a West Coast campus, multipurpose activity rooms for yoga and dance classes and a state-of-the-art 2,000 square-foot multimedia cardio room, the first of its kind on the West Coast, according to Associated Students Inc.

The TSU has made an effort to make the new Rec Center a “green” building, using natural light as well as energy-efficient lighting and recycled materials when possible.

The budget for the building is just over $41 million. Smith said this is the first CSUF building project that has a guaranteed maximum price. Most previous campus construction projects have agreed-upon budgets, but once work starts, the project price increases due to unforeseen costs.

Nighswonger described a recent tour of the facility and said he thinks the TSU members as well as the Rec Center team are happy with the progress that has been made.

The gymnasium slab has been poured, the new security system and audio-visual systems are already in place and the general contractor, West Coast-based C.W. Driver, has also provided a new delivery system for the building, Nighswonger said.

While membership is free of charge to CSUF students, there has been some debate whether the sports teams on campus will be allowed to use the building to conduct practice.

Communications major and CSUF gymnastics team member Amanda Van Horn said she heard through her teammates that ASI will allow NCAA team members to use the facility as individuals, but will not be allowing teams to use the center for training.

According to ASI, memberships will be available for purchase to campus faculty and staff, registered alumni, students enrolled in Extended Education or American Language programs, and spouses or domestic partners of students and other campus community members.

Membership fees and terms and conditions will be worked out through the 2006-07 year, and will be finalized after review by the TSU governing board.

December 2007 is the projected completion date for the Rec Center. Smith said plans haven’t changed much from the original design.

“We’re hoping that everything continues to go smoothly,” Smith said. “So far, it seems to be. The good news is that we have the whole project fully funded and nothing has been cut.”

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