UofL cuts ribbon on state-of-the-art Student Recreation Center


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Louisville officials and students cut the ribbon today on the 128,000-square-foot Student Recreation Center on Fourth Street near Kurz and Minardi halls. The building will open for student use on Monday, Oct. 28.

    The $37.5 million facility includes a 14,000-square-foot exercise and weight facility with more than 85 pieces of cardio equipment and 22 treadmills; six basketball courts; a multi-activity court for indoor soccer and floor hockey; racquetball courts; aerobics studios; and facilities for fitness evaluations. A 1/10-mile walking and jogging track will overlook the weight room.

    Other features include a second weight and cardio facility; a lighted, artificial-turf field for recreational use and physical education classes; an indoor golf simulator; classrooms and a gaming area featuring Xbox and PlayStation video stations.

    Funding for the center is coming from private donors and from a $98 per semester student fee proposed and endorsed by UofL’s Student Government Association.

    The first UofL building to be heated and cooled with geothermal energy, the center is expected to earn gold certification through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

    John Drees is a 35-year veteran in the Office of Communications and Marketing. As vice president, communications and marketing, he works closely with the president, provost and other senior administrators, oversees the Office of Communications and Marketing, including media relations, marketing and brand, broadcast, social media, internal communication, crisis communication, visitor services and special events and activities. A former sports editor for the Voice Newspapers, he was a regular contributor to a variety of publications, including the Kentucky Sports Report and the Courier-Journal. A poor but enthusiastic golfer, he is an avid Cardinal sports fan. He also loves the Detroit Lions, so pity him.