Campus Rec Center Renovation

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the USF Campus Recreation Center construction project.


Video by Amy Mariani | USF News


By Jenna Withrow

USF  News


TAMPA, Fla. (June 27, 2011) – The Campus Recreation Center is getting a makeover.


For the past 18 months, construction crews have been working to remodel the center, which houses the University of South Florida campus fitness center, outdoor recreation program, intramural leagues and sports clubs. The center gets about 550,000 visits annually from students, staff and faculty.


The Rec Center’s fitness area is tripling – from 7,000-square-feet to 21,000-square-feet. The first floor of the fitness area will feature strength and conditioning machines, while the second floor will house cardio machines.


Approximately $1.2 million worth of new fitness equipment will be added to the fitness area. Trained student employees will be on-hand throughout the fitness area to assist members who are working out.


On the third floor, runners can escape the Florida sun by using the suspended, three-lane running track, which features a rubberized surface. Runners can time their laps using the wall clocks, while watching a basketball or volleyball game in the new gymnasium below.


The new gymnasium features two full basketball courts, and can be used for multiple sports tournaments including volleyball, badminton and dodgeball.


Members can learn Zumba and kickboxing routines in the new group fitness rooms. After construction, the center will feature six group fitness rooms.


The new additions include a 3,000-square-foot room with cushioned wooden floors and an instructor’s stage, so fitness class attendees can have a better view. There will also be a room dedicated to spin classes, which will have an interactive television screen that displays scenic routes for attendees to cycle through.


Lockers will be stationed throughout the fitness area. Members can store their belongings free of charge. The locks are programmable to whatever combination the user chooses, and once they are finished using it, the lock will reset for the next user to put in their preferred combination.


The fitness area is also getting a technology overhaul. The entire center will be WiFi enabled. Each of the 120 cardio machines will have a personal television, which will be internet capable. Additionally, there will be seven large televisions on the walls, which members can listen to by tuning their personal music players to a specific frequency.   


In addition to all of the new features, the Campus Recreation Center will still have six racquetball courts, as well as an indoor swimming pool.


Construction on the center is expected to be completed July 1. After that, installation of the new exercise equipment begins. The official opening of the renovated facility is targeted for Aug. 17.