Construction has begun on a new $8.9 million student wellness center at the School of Mines.
State and local dignitaries and university sponsors broke ground Monday on the new building that will adjoin the King Center on campus.
It will provide more than 34,000 square feet of space, and will add two basketball courts, a new group fitness room, a low-level rock climbing wall, and new student locker rooms.
Students have been working on this project for three years, and raised a vast majority of the funds through increasing student fees.
Students say they hope this new recreation center will make the School of Mines experience much better.
“This is somewhere that a lot of students can sit down, work, work out and exercise, play, and socialize with each other right after school; and just enjoy your time as friends,” said Michael Leopold, Student Association President.
The project is expected to be complete by April 2015.