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Student Recreation and Wellness Center

Responding to student interest, the University of Central Missouri plans to construct a new student recreation and wellness center on the east side of the Morrow-Garrison Complex. With occupancy planned for spring semester 2011, the proposed facility will be 69,000 square feet and cost an estimated $20.5 million. Students approved a referendum to charge themselves a fee increase to cover the construction and operation of this new facility, which includes a fitness area, weight room, basketball courts, indoor track and multipurpose area.

J.E. Dunn Construction of Kansas City provided construction management services for the project, and Gould Evans Associates of Kansas City provided architectural design and engineering services. Constituents and stakeholders met to determine space allocation and design elements associated with the new building construction. Design drawings and specifications were completed, and a resolution authorizing the university to borrow up to $20.5 million via revenue bonds to construct the new facility was approved by the UCM Board of Governors in early 2009. Bonds were issued by the Missouri Health and Educational Facilities Authority for repayment over a 20-year period.