UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Campus Recreation, a unit of Penn State Student Affairs, will hold a rededication ceremony for the Intramural (IM) Building at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The event will open with a ceremony featuring speakers from 11 to 11:45 a.m., followed by building tours and a scavenger hunt. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is open to the Penn State community and public.
The rededication will celebrate the completion of Penn State’s flagship recreation facility. The IM Building, which was originally constructed in 1975, has undergone three phases of renovations that began in May 2014 and were funded almost entirely through the Student Facilities Fee paid by all University Park Students.
“The completion of the IM Building project is a distinct milestone in the history and evolution of Campus Recreation,” said Laura Hall, senior director of Campus Recreation. “As we continue to evolve and serve our students and campus community with a contemporary vision, this facility provides an outstanding foundational layer in our pursuits.”
The renovations significantly expanded the facilities, equipment offerings, and recreation opportunities available to students and Campus Recreation members. Phase one and two renovations included updated locker rooms, a new fitness center, offices for Campus Recreation staff, updated gym spaces, and an extended indoor running track.
The third phase, which wrapped up in 2017, resulted in some of the most noticeable changes, such as an indoor turf field, climbing and bouldering walls, a wellness suite, additional multipurpose rooms, and facilities to accommodate Club Sport and Outdoor Adventure programs.
Campus Recreation aims to provide programs, facilities and services that meet the needs and interests of all students and members as it continues to expand its offerings to include both traditional and nontraditional recreation activities.
“There is such a broad spectrum of use, from traditional recreational activities like basketball and weightlifting, to new concepts of “recreation” like meditation classes and a bouldering wall,” said Hall. “Our students have made a firm commitment to Campus Recreation through student fee funds and through their amazing levels of participation in our programs, facilities and services.”