The new St. Ambrose University Wellness and Recreation Center is 80,000 square-foot and consists of 5,200-square-foot, two-story cardio workout and weight room with machines and weights more suited to recreational athletes. A 2,200-square-foot multipurpose group exercise room will be used by the Kinesiology Department for movement-type courses, by Wellness and Recreation for group exercise, and by the Athletics Department for cheer-leading and dance team practices. An Exercise Physiology lab will help serve the growing student interest in Kinesiology majors and careers related to health and wellness.
A major portion of the space within the Wellness and Recreation Center is devoted to a 56,000-square-foot field house, which will provide multipurpose areas for recreation, intramurals, athletics practices and some varsity competitions. Primary features of the field house will be a 200-meter competition track, pole vault areas, and long- and triple-jump pits; and, four basketball/volleyball courts, including two wooden floor courts and two courts made of resilient flooring.
A 1,200-square-foot Club Room is located near the main entry lobby. This space will be used for events, as a conference room for the Kinesiology, Athletics and Wellness and Recreation departments, and for recruiting and advancement events. The lobby area outside of the Club Room will include pictures, trophies and memorabilia celebrating Fighting Bee athletics, and a new Hall of Fame area to honor the accomplishments of players and coaches. The St. Ambrose Athletics Hall of Fame has inducted more than 275 individuals and six teams since it was established in 1979.
The development of the new Wellness and Recreation Center allowed the University to repurpose and remodel approximately 19,000-square-feet of space in the existing, 33-year-old PE Center. This work created space for a second weight room dedicated primarily to athletics teams use, and new offices for the Athletics Department and Wellness and Recreation. Varsity basketball and volleyball games will continue to be held on Leo Kilfoy Court in the PE Center.