Marquette University plans $80 million recreation and wellness center


Marquette University continues its construction boom with another project: an $80 million, 180,000 square foot wellness and recreation center.

University President Michael Lovell announced the renovation plan during his annual on-campus address on Thursday.

The news follows the university’s announcement of a $15 million donation that will help fund the renovation of a campus library into a Center for Student Success, and as work on new homes for its College of Business and College of Nursing continue.

A rendering of Marquette's plan to create a new health and wellness center.

Three of these projects – the Library Renovation, the College of Nursing and the Recreation and Wellness Center – are scheduled for completion in 2024.

Fundraising for the wellness and recreation center is underway, Lovell said. A few months ago, a couple of anonymous alumni set up a $10 million donation challenge to help fund the building.

Lovell said he was proud of his leadership team, whose collaboration led to progress in the development of the university.

A rendering of Marquette's plan to create a new health and wellness center.

“I think what we’re seeing is really a big momentum and a big acceleration of that progress,” he said in an interview after his speech. “I think the fact that we’ll have three major projects in 2024 will keep us very busy, but it’s a great example of where we are and where we’re heading as an institution.”

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The new recreation center will involve the renovation and expansion of the university’s Helfaer Rec Center, located at 525 N. 16th St. It will exist to meet the “mental, physical and spiritual needs” of students, bringing together various services from health and wellness under one roof. roof.

It will include a three-story wellness tower, the university’s counseling center, its medical clinic, four tennis courts, a 25-meter swimming pool, a spin studio, two multi-purpose recreation courts and more.

The new Marquette Wellness and Recreation Center will combine services in one location to support the mental, physical and spiritual health of students.

Lovell said the university is exploring partnerships with health systems, community organizations and developers to maximize the number of services offered at the facility.

In addition to the new building, Lovell announced a $7 million gift from the Fotsch Family Foundation that will create a new innovation and engineering leadership development center on campus. The donation will also fund an endowed administrator position for the Excellence in Leadership skills development program.

Marquette will expand and renovate its existing recreation center to serve all facets of student health.

Completion of the new wellness center will leave a capital project on the docket of Lovell’s original strategic plan, which was adopted in 2017. This will involve upgrading the university’s research and science facilities.

“I think the future is really bright right now for the campus and I think the experience we’re going to provide for our students will be second to none,” he said.

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