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UPitt unveils plans for new Recreation and Wellness facility

May 6, 2022

PITTSBURGH, PA – Plans for the new Recreation and Wellness facility on the Oakland campus have been in the spotlight during the past few weeks as Kenyon Bonner and other student affairs officials gave presentations to a variety of faculty, staff and student groups.

“We’re trying to build the newest, coolest and healthiest place on campus,” said Bonner, vice provost of student affairs.

The presentations were in advance of the Board of Trustees Property & Facilities committee meeting on April 29, where the plans were expected to be approved. A livestream of the Property and Facilities Committee meeting can be viewed starting at 3:40 p.m. today at

Each of the groups who were given the presentation on the new rec center had different concerns.

The Senate’s Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Advocacy committee asked questions about accessibility and gender-neutral facilities.

Attendees at a Staff Council Spotlight session wanted to know if staff would have access to the facility and how much it would cost.

Some members of the Student Admissions, Aid and Affairs Committee were impressed by the new facility but wondered when Pitt would add more space for classrooms.

In general, though, the plan for the Wellness and Recreation Center, which is expected to be completed by fall 2024, received rave reviews. Construction could start this summer on the site once occupied by the O’Hara Garage and the Learning Research and Development Center.

This is an excerpt from an article originally posted by the University of Pittsburgh’s University Times. Read the full piece here.

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