“We are very excited about opening these main areas in the new Beaver Wellness and Athletic Center and all the enhanced opportunities that it will provide to our students, from NCAA athletics to academics to general wellness and recreation,” stated Penn State Berks Chancellor George Grant Jr. “Students will enjoy a richer experience on campus with the completion of phase one of construction and renovation, and we look forward to even more opportunities with the grand opening in spring of 2022.”
The $30.4 million renovation and expansion effort to transform the center into the new Beaver Athletics and Wellness Center is designed to address space inadequacies to support current and future programs offered to students, particularly within kinesiology. The project also supports the campus’s membership in NCAA Division III competition in 12 sports, including men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball, which compete in the center. For these teams as well as a host of intramural and club sports, the expanded Beaver Athletics and Wellness Center will provide a stronger foundation for student-athletes’ competitive success.
Building onto the existing structure, the project modernizes and reorganize the interior spaces, and constructs an enclosed walkway connecting it to the Perkins Student Center, to which new rooms also will be added. This will double the available space and have significant impact in three main areas:
– Academics: Both teaching and research in kinesiology will be supported by two new flexible-use classrooms, an exercise physiology lab, a biomechanics lab and faculty offices.
– Athletics: Athletics programs will benefit from a new athletic trainers’ room complete with a state-of-the-art treatment and rehabilitation space, a hydrotherapy room, additional locker rooms, and coaches’ offices.