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Campus Recreation Center Groundbreaking

From left: Jasper Wilson, Marcus Springer, Sasaki & Associates principle architect; Frederick Preston, former vice president of Student Affairs; Shirley Strum Kenny, former University president; Assemblyman Steve Englebright; Peter Baigent, vice president of Student Affairs; Susan DiMonda, associate dean and director of Student Life; Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick; Senator John Flanagan; and Brookhaven Councilman Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld

The official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Campus Recreation Center (CRC) was held this summer. The $37.5 million 85,000 square-foot CRC is a student-oriented facility featuring contemporary workout space and space for a quality intramural program and for sports club team practice and competition.

The groundbreaking was lead by former University President Shirley Strum Kenny and former Vice President of Student Affairs, Frederick Preston, who was a major force behind this facility. They were joined by faculty, staff, students, and government officials. Senator Kenneth LaValle, who was instrumental in securing funding for the CRC, was unable to attend but sent a congratulatory letter that was read by Associate Dean and Director of Student Life Susan DiMonda.

The new facility, slated for completion in 2011, will be located between the Sports Complex and the Student Union. The patio will serve as the entryway to each facility, and students, faculty, and staff would continue to access the Sports Complex for recreational swim, racquetball, and squash.

“Student life on campus is booming and the Campus Recreation Center will provide additional space for wellness programming and expand and enhance the indoor intramural program,” says DiMonda. “It will also provide space for the 34 sport clubs for practices, competition, and equipment storage.”

The CRC is designed with glass windows spanning much of the exterior. It will be visibly prominent and inviting, providing those on the outside with a view of the many diverse activities available within, including a three-court gym; an indoor multipurpose sport court; aerobic/martial arts rooms; spinning studio; cardiovascular, free weights, and weight machine area; jogging track; locker room facilities; and staff offices.

Administrators and students have been working on this project since fall 1999. Development of the CRC officially began in 2005 when Stony Brook secured $19.5 million for the project.

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