Recreation Center Expansion

On Friday July 10th, Grand Valley State University's Broad of Trustees voted in favor of moving forward with a second phase of the Recreation Center expansion. Construction is set to begin in September of 2015 with the goal of having the majority of the work completed by Fall of 2016. There may however be portions of the building that do not open until Winter of 2017. These details are yet to be specified. All together, these expanded areas will add roughly 50,000 square feet to the existing Recreation Center. Currently, our Recreation Center is 45,000 sq. feet so these expansions will double the current size.

To better serve the GVSU Campus Community, we would like to hear YOUR voices in regards to equipment preferences for the Recreation Center. Please take a moment to share your thoughts, preferences, and suggestions by taking this brief survey. YOUR feedback is highly valued and greatly appreciated!



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Expansion Features

Below you will see notable features pertaining to the Recreation Center expansion project.  As more of the project information is finalized we will post the updates. 

  • 50,000 square feet of additional space
  • 15,000 square feet of the current Recreation Center will be renovated
  • New main entrance and lobby space
  • Expanded cardio space and equipment
  • Expanded weight space and equipment
  • 3 new additional courts (2 lined for basketball/volleyball and 1 MAC court)
  • New spin room/group exercise room
  • New and improved stretching/functional training space and equipment
  • Additional cubbies for storage of personal belongings
  • Men's and Women's locker rooms
  • Gender neutral locker room
  • New offices for Campus Recreation
  • Project is going for LEED Certification (Silver)

Frequently Asked Questions

Why did Grand Valley State University move forward with this project? 

Due to the increased demand for space in the current Recreation Center, the addition was designed to provide more informal open recreation opportunities for our student population. With the growth of GVSU came the growth of Recreation Center usage and coinciding crowd levels. This expansion will give students more opportunities for informal recreation. 

When does the construction start? 

Summer of 2015

What are the amenities of the Recreation Center expansion? 

See the above section entitled "Expansion Features". This project will include 50,000 square feet of additional space. This addition will allow for expanded weight space, cardio space, basketball/volleyball courts, functional/stretching space, and locker rooms.  

What will the new and improved Recreation Center layout look like? 

The existing cardio room and lower selectorized weight room will become all cardio space, the existing free-weight room will become a stretching/functional fitness space, and the new construction will contain expanded free-weight space, selectorized weight space, locker rooms, and 3 additional courts. The Recreation Center office suite, basketball/volleyball courts (including the South Gym), and the Recreation Center front desk will all remain unchanged in this phase. (please see diagrams above or in our Rec Expansion photo gallery below for detailed diagrams)

How is this project being funded?

This project is being funded by the Grand Valley State University Campus Development Fund.  

What will the building hours be during construction? 

Building hours will be similar to the current Recreation Center hours.  Throughout the majority of the construction process the existing Recreation Center operations and services will not be altered.  There may however be times that certain areas of the Recreation Center will be offline.  As more information is known we will be sure to inform everyone on any temporary changes in our operations moving forward.

What companies are you working with to complete the expansion?

We are working with Integrated Architecture, Hastings+Chivetta, and Erhardt Construction. Please visit this page HERE for the project page on the Ehardt Construction website. 

Who do I contact for more information on this project?

Please see the below section entitled "Questions or Comments on the Expansion". 

Questions or Comments on the Expansion

If you have any questions or comments regarding the Recreation Center expansion please go to the Comment Card section of our website and let us know your thoughts.  Be sure to put your contact information down if you would like us to get back to you regarding your feedback.  Thank you!