Antioch College will invest $8 million to create a Health and Wellness Center complete with fitness equipment, racquetball courts, multi-purpose studios and a regulation-size indoor swimming pool, the college announced.
The project, which overhauls the former Curl Gymnasium and refurbishes the indoor basketball courts at East Gym, is being funded by a gift from an anonymous donor and a fund raising drive.
Work on the 44,000-square-foot facility will continue Antioch’s rebirth. It is the third major renovation project since the newly-independent private college reopened in fall 2011. The college closed in 2007 amid financial turmoil. Antioch expects to have 208 students this fall.
“The renovation of this space is critically important for us as we continue to improve campus life and wellness opportunities for our students,” said college spokesman Gariot P. Louima.
“Beyond that, renovation of this space allows us to strengthen the relationship we have with the villagers in Yellow Springs,” he added. “This will be a shared space and villagers will have opportunities to use the space and take advantage of the wellness programming that will be housed there.”
The renovation will address much needed repairs, including replacing the floor of the west gym which bucked due to flooding and adding insulation to the walls and roof of the original building from 1928. It will also completely replace the south wall of the building, which cannot be rehabilitated.
Antioch will pursue a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the project, according to the college. The green building program awards points for incorporating eco-friendly material and practices into buildings’ design and construction. “The college intends to minimize the creation of construction and demolition waste and will reuse, salvage and recycle as much material as possible,” Antioch added.
The building will also receive new heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical and plumbing, according to the college.