2008.10.08 > For Immediate Release
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HPER Expansion Project Gets Underway at UNO
Omaha - A completely renovated weight and fitness room, expanded jogging track and a juice bar are some of the additions planned for the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).
The $38.6 million project will increase HPER’s space from 150,000 square feet to 240,000 square feet and is scheduled to be complete by fall 2010.
A ceremony for the building’s expansion and renovation will be held Thursday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. and will feature campus administration, including Chancellor John Christensen; Dan Blanke, director of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation; and Marcia Adler, supervisor of Health Services.
The front of the HPER facility will be completely renovated. Students, faculty and staff will soon be greeted with an all-glass entryway, along with the following new features:
• Spinning room
• Three court gyms
• Multi-activity court
• Large therapy pool and hot tub
• Comprehensive student health
• Campus Recreation office
• Renovated locker rooms • Two family changing rooms
• Injury Prevention Care center
Each year the HPER facility welcomes between 250,000 and 300,000 people through its doors. Once the renovation project is complete, university officials anticipate that number to double or even triple, as more students, faculty, staff and alumni take advantage of the remodeled facility.
“This project represents an exciting opportunity to positively impact the quality of life for students at UNO,” Blanke said. “Focused specifically on student recreation and student-focused programs, the expansion builds new space for dedicated recreation activities, student health and programs supporting such services. The project marks a new dawn for Campus Recreation at UNO, building on its past successes.”
Joe Kaminski, director of Campus Recreation at UNO, said the new facility is something UNO students have requested for quite some time. The additions to the HPER building will offer a “one-stop shop” for students looking to stay fit while balancing classes and homework.
The HPER facility, whose primary purpose is academics, houses a number of academic programs and spaces: a dance lab, a biomechanics lab and an exercise physiology lab.
UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.
UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.
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