Check Out the IM Building’s Future Renovations
Virtual pictures of the final stages of the Intramural (IM) Building have been released, and they’re really awesome.
Since May 2014, the building has gone under various renovations, much of which was funded by University Park student facility fees.
In some of the earlier phases, renovations of the IM Building include updated locker rooms, new Campus Recreation Offices, and an indoor running track.
With the final stage, set to be completed in August 2017, additions include an indoor turf field, climbing wall, and wellness promotion area, multipurpose rooms and more.
From the beginning, the goal of this project has been to create a student-centric recreation space,” said Laura Hall, director of Campus Recreation, a department of Penn State Student Affairs in a release. “We are really excited about this final phase of renovations because it includes innovative new spaces. In addition, we worked closely with campus partners to provide a more holistic wellness experience.”
One of the most anticipated additions to the IM Building is a rock climbing wall. The wall will feature 6 lanes ranging in difficulty from beginners to advanced, including climbing cracks.
“Every person that comes to the wall will have to go through our orientation and how to belay a partner on the wall,” said Sam Wright, coordinator of Campus Recreation for Adventure Recreation. “Once they’ve completed this, they are able to climb with a friend whenever they want.”
Another big addition is a turf field as well as other multipurpose rooms in the building.
Wellness Promotion will be another big thing in the newest phase of the IM Building and will feature The Center for Fitness and Wellness, and the Wellness Center, in collaboration with the Department of Kinesiology and University Health Services.
The well promotion resources will feature free, peer-based wellness services based on nutrition, sleep, stress, and healthy relationships along with a relaxation room with biofeedback software tools to reduce stress.
“Our objective with the Wellness Center is to assist students in setting goals and learning new strategies to improve their health,” said Linda LaSalle, associate director of educational services for University Health Services.
As you can tell, the final phase will make for a great student health experience. Interested in seeing more? Check out the IM Building’s virtual tour here.
Images via Mortenson Construction