By: Mary Yemma Barnhart ’03, ’06, associate director
If you have recently visited campus, you may have seen the progress of the Wellness and Recreation Center. The building is taking shape. The roof is complete and glass is being framed and installed.
The $45 million, 82,000-square-foot Wellness and Recreation Center is on schedule and expected to be completed in the fall of 2020. The addition will include more than 25,000 square feet of fitness center space, outdoor functional training areas, climbing center, sprint ramp and a teaching kitchen designed to educate students about nutrition and healthy cooking.
A key feature of the facility will be the new Mind Body Studio. Located on the third floor, the studio has a wall of natural light that overlooks the NC State Dail Softball Stadium, Soccer Field and Track Complex. This tranquil space will have access to an outdoor terrace to allow for fresh air during beautiful North Carolina days.
Will Craig, assistant director of fitness shared that the dedicated space creates the ability to offer more mind-body related classes in the future.
“The Mind Body Studio provides dedicated space for mind-body classes, away from other spaces that may interfere with the class,” said Craig. Additionally, the new Mind Body Studio will offer a more serene atmosphere that will take advantage of some of the best views on campus to help participants de-stress and find their inner peace. Yoga has long been known to help decrease stress and combat mental health issues such as stress, anxiety and depression. The new space will allow Wellness and Recreation to better provide intentional programming that supports student success.
Wellness and Recreation currently offers approximately 20 mind-body classes each week. The dedicated Mind Body Studio will allow for additional classes each week – including lunchtime programming, improved equipment and the ability to explore additional mind-body and formats.
Private support of the new Wellness and Recreation Center will make an immediate impact on students’ success and their ability to live healthy lives now and in the future.
Naming opportunities are available and range from $25,000 to $1 million and above, providing exceptional visibility and branding, along with the chance to make a difference for a broad range of students.
Naming opportunity for the Mind Body Studio is available at $500,000.
For more information please contact:
Executive Director Development
NC State University
Division of Academic and Student Affairs