Groundbreaking Held for New Dining, Rec Facilities
TAMPA, Fla. (April 28, 2010) -- At noon on Wednesday, April 28, the University of South Florida held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Campus Recreation Center Expansion and the Southeast Student Dining Facility. These facilities will be located in front of the current Campus Recreation and the Sun Dome. Construction is scheduled for completion July 2011.
The $14 million dollar project provides 51,050 square feet of space for exercise and fitness facilities along with a dining/food court, a student-athlete training table, meeting space and a commercial grade kitchen with catering amenities. Funds for this project were allocated through the Capital Improvement Trust Fund (CITF).
“This is a terrific day for USF students as we deliver on a promise to provide world-class facilities to your university,” said USF President Judy Genshaft as she addressed students attending the ceremony on a perfect spring day during the last week of classes. “At USF, we believe in supporting the whole student – your mind, your body and your spirit. I can think of no better way than to provide you with the best fitness facilities to strengthen your body and a dining facility that will provide you the best of nutrition.
“The renovation of the current Campus Recreation Center has been very exciting for the students who are using it now,” said Eric Hunter, director of USF Campus Recreation and one of the people overseeing the project. “The fitness area square footage will be tripled in size and that is our greatest area of need. The addition of an indoor jogging track has also been highly sought for a number of years and will be utilized extensively. Overall, this expansion/renovation comes at a perfect time.”
The USF Division of Student Affairs, the Athletic Department, Campus Dining, which is part of the Campus Business Services division, and Student Government are collaborating on this project. The design/build team is made up of Biltmore Construction with architects Canerday, Belfsky + Arroyo and Ayers/ Saint/Gross.
The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The university offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The USF System has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.