The University has received a grant of $500,000 from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for the Beauchamp Recreation and Wellness Center, currently under construction and named in recognition of former University President Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C. The Beauchamp Center, with an estimated cost of $23.7 million is expected to be completed this summer in time for the next academic year.
The center is being constructed entirely from donor-supported funding and has a wide variety of support from a number of constituents, including the University’s board of regents, who have committed several million dollars to the project. In addition, young alumni met a matching donation of $50,000, and the student government association gave more than $72,000. And recently, the University launched a “buy a paver” program to help support the center.
The two-story, 72,270 square-foot facility is expected to become a dynamic focal point on campus and enhance the physical and mental health of students, faculty and staff. Design elements of the new center include: expanded fitness areas with cardio machines, weights, and strength stations; a gymnasium with three courts; climbing wall; indoor track; a large outdoor pursuits center; and multiple studios for functional training, spin classes, yoga, health assessment testing, and counseling. The facade of the building will incorporate brick and large glass windows, and openness will be a theme throughout the building.
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