PULLMAN, Wash. — Students new to Washington State University this fall will be among those to enjoy a multilevel Student Recreation Center, expected to be open by early 2001.
Approved by a student referendum vote in April 1997, the complex will be located on the northeast corner of campus, east of Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum and across from the WSU Golf Course clubhouse.
“The center will be a spectacular addition to the university,” says Tim McCarty, who directs the Compton Union Building and supervises WSU Activities/Recreational Sports.
The first level of the state-of-the-art facility will include a large free weight/weight machine area, four basketball/volleyball gymnasiums, men’s and women’s locker rooms, a family changing room, an equipment checkout/sales office area, a wellness center, a juice bar and a natatorium complete with five-lane lap pool, leisure pool and spa. The natatorium will provide access to an outdoor patio for sunbathing.
A four-lane elevated track will be a special feature in the center’s upper levels. Other recreational amenities will include a large cardiovascular fitness machine area, four racquetball courts, three multipurpose rooms for aerobic and martial arts programs, and a multipurpose gymnasium with a synthetic floor to accommodate in-line skating.
Yost Grube Hall Architecture of Portland, Ore., and the Cannon architectural firm of Los Angeles are designing the 150,000-square-foot center.
“It’s anticipated the center will provide an excellent opportunity to meet the future leisure recreational needs of WSU students, faculty and staff for many decades in the next millennium,” McCarty says.
The Student Recreation Center home page at has up-to-date information on the project.

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