Behrend will build a $28.2 million fitness and rec center on campus

Penn State Behrend will begin construction of a new fitness and recreation center on campus this summer.

College trustees authorized final plans and funding for the $28.2 million project on July 15.

The building will replace Erie Hall, built as a recreation and events space seven decades ago.

Behrend students have identified a new fitness and recreation facility as the top priority for their student-initiated fee, a voluntary fee that gives students a voice in how the money is spent.

“Students determined that a new recreational facility should be our top priority for use of that money in accordance with the campus master plan and priorities,” Miller said.

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This is a rendering of a $28.2 million fitness and recreation center to be built at Penn State Behrend.

The new 52,700-square-foot fitness and recreation center will include a three-court gymnasium for basketball, volleyball and other sports, including floor hockey.

It also will include equipment for cardio, strength and kinetic training for various fitness levels plus space for individual and group workouts and yoga, Pilates and other fitness classes.

Student access to existing fitness and recreation facilities at Behrend’s Junker Center is limited, said Ken Miller, the college’s senior director of administration and student affairs.