Volume 11, Number 1 August 8, 2003

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Kinesiology Bldg. & Fit Centre set to open

The climbing wall is a major feature in the new Kinesiology Building.

Photo by Roger Moskaluke

If the new College of Kinesiology Building looks big on the outside, two of its top officials say just wait 'til it throws its doors open to the campus community and the public early next month.

The College's new Facilities Manager, Roger Moskaluke, and Director of Community Programs, Paul Rogal, say the building will deliver big inside, too. They say it's jam-packed with labs, classrooms, lecture theatres, offices, a walk/jog track, a huge triple-gym, an indoor climbing wall, squash and racquetball courts, and a swimming pool.

And to top all that off, it has a fully equipped new 13,500-sq-ft. Campus Fit Centre that they say is the most comprehensive facility of its kind in Saskatchewan - complete with 100 pieces of cardio equipment, weight machines, free weights, and an aerobics studio which will also offer yoga, fitness, pilates, and other classes.

Moskaluke and Rogal say the current schedule calls for Kinesiology faculty and staff to move into the new building from their current space in the Williams Building on Aug. 20. The plan is for the new building to be open for students on Sept. 2.

The triple gym, the Fit Centre, the lobby and the climbing wall take up much of the ground floor. The second floor will include Huskie Athletics, the College of Kinesiology general office, a buffeteria and lecture theatres. And the third floor will hold the dean's office, classrooms, laboratories and computer labs.

Moskaluke and Rogal say the Fit Centre should be open by about Sept. 18 or shortly after. It marks a major step up from previous fitness facilities on campus, and the two Kinesiology staff say they expect it will lead to a boom in usage and in Fit Centre memberships.

With an estimated 2,000-3,500 people expected to move through the new building each day, the new Centre will get a lot of exposure and interest, say Rogal and Moskaluke.

"I think we're going to have a lot of new people who want to try out the Fit Centre," Moskaluke says.

All U of S students automatically get Fit Centre memberships through student fees. The 2,500 students per year who used the much smaller fit centre in the Education Building since demolition of the old gymnasium in the late-1990s are expected to double in the new Fit Centre.

The 500 middle-level U of S employees who belong to ASPA also gain instant memberships in the new Fit Centre, thanks to a provision in their recently signed new collective agreement.

But, Rogal and Moskaluke say, they're hoping that faculty and support staff will be interested in the benefits of the wide range of new facilities, and sign up for a membership.

The full "PAC Membership" includes full use of the Campus Fit Centre as well as all other facilities in the new Kinesiology Building. This includes the Physical Activity Centre swimming pool, any of the 2,500 day-lockers, open gym times, and the Education Building pool and gym. Cost is $35 per month or $350 per year for U of S faculty and staff, and $40 per month or $400 per year for faculty and staff partners, alumni, and non-U of S on campus employees, including Innovation Place.

A membership just for use of Education Building facilities is $20 per month or $200 per year for faculty and staff.

An informational brochure on the new Fit Centre will be sent out across campus soon.

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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