The long-awaited campus Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) at Cal State Long Beach is now open for business, and it’s been busy.
“Since every student can join, our goal is to have as many of our 34,000 students registered as active members as possible,” said Dave Edwards, Associated Students Inc. (ASI) Associate Executive Director/University Student Union (USU) Director. "The center has served up to 4,000 daily since it opened."
The 126,500-square-foot, two-story, state-of-the-art facility contains a three-court gym, indoor elevated jogging track, 20,000 square feet of weight and cardio equipment, racquetball courts, group fitness rooms, a custom-made rock climbing wall, a wellness and nutrition suite, swimming pool and spa, as well as many other services. The SRWC is Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) Gold certified (a green building certification system) and offers many technological advances such as biometric hand scanners for entry, filtered water fountains, and flat screens with touch technology.
“Providing our students and campus community with state-of-the-art health and wellness facilities will bring lifelong benefits to all,” said Alexander. “It will bring individual benefits for decades to come while also bringing direct and indirect economic benefits to all citizens. From the moment this facility opened, its usefulness to our students and other campus members can be measured by the thousands who will flock to the building seven days a week.”
The center’s location was determined, according to Edwards, in part because of the desire to not build new facilities on existing green space. Therefore, the site selected needed to be on a parking lot or an existing building. And so, there it is, located on the northeast corner of campus, just off Atherton Street.
“For Cal State Long Beach, which has traditionally been considered a commuter campus, it will change campus life forever,” said Edwards. “It is a place to work out and get physically fit, but it’s also a place for groups to meet and student organizations to have programs and tournaments. It’s another hub for the campus. It becomes sort of an additional student union for the campus.”
The current University Student Union, a 180,000-square-foot facility located in the middle of campus, will continue to be an important part of CSULB life.
Faculty, staff and alumni may all become SWRC members. Students’ membership fees are covered as part of their student fees, while faculty, staff and alumni can pay at the center. In addition, for a slightly higher fee, there is an affiliate member category that includes adult family members of students, faculty, staff and alumni.