A temporary recreation facility will be constructed on a portion of Palmer Field to provide the University of Michigan community with continued access to indoor recreation spaces during the construction of the new central campus recreation building.
The Board of Regents approved the $9.5 million project during its May 19 meeting. In March, the board approved the schematic design and authorized construction of a new CCRB.
Martino Harmon, vice president of student life, and Geoff Chatas, executive vice president and chief financial officer, said the new CCRB demonstrates the university’s commitment to meeting the critical health and wellbeing needs of tens of thousands of students, faculty and staff use the facility.
Demolition of the CCRB, 401 Washtenaw Ave., is expected to begin in January, with the temporary facility operating before the current CCRB closes.
This map shows the planned location of the temporary recreation facility in relation to the existing Central Campus recreation building, which will be demolished and replaced at the same location. (Map courtesy of Student Life)
“We want to ensure that the many members of the UM community who rely on the CCRB to stay active, connect and take care of their health and well-being can continue to do so in one convenient place ‘ Harmon said. “In the meantime, we will work tirelessly to make the new full-size facility worth the wait.”
The temporary facility, which will be located north of the current CCRB, will include approximately 23,000 square feet of primarily weight and cardio equipment and a small indoor walking track, accounting for approximately 90 percent of what is available at the current CCRB for these popular activities.
The facility will include heating and air conditioning systems, be fully accessible and meet all building code safety requirements.
“We are fortunate to have the opportunity to create this temporary recreational facility to meet the needs of our students and members during construction,” said Mike Widen, Director of Recreational Sports.
“We knew it was important to provide these opportunities to residents on and near this area of campus during construction.”
Students and members of recreational sports have access to the Palmer Field temporary facility with their M-Card or Rec card.
In addition, Recreational Sports will continue to provide services at the Intramural Sports Building, North Campus Recreation Building, Sports Coliseum, outdoor recreation fields and some limited swimming facilities at Canham Natatorium.
The temporary facility will be removed when the new CCRB is ready and the site is restored as an outfield. The scope of work includes all required site work and site facilities required to support the facility. Parking will not be affected in the long term by this project.
The temporary facility will be financed from the university’s reserves. The construction cash flow may be provided in whole or in part by bond proceeds or the increase in commercial paper issuance under the commercial paper program, secured by a pledge of general proceeds and approved by the Board of Regents.
The project is expected to create an average of 42 construction jobs on site.