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Welcome to the Wellness Center

Welcome to the Wellness Center

The Student Wellness & Recreation Center at Georgia College & State University.

Courtesy JWest Productions

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This article, by Colleen McKenna, originally appeared on ArchDaily as “Welcome to the Wellness Center: A New Breed of Recreation Design” 

Until recently, student health and counseling services have predominantly been offered independently of athletics and recreation. But as institutions contemplate a more unified approach to health and wellness, the boundaries of these traditionally separated campus services are becoming blurred. Many believe that unifying these various programs and services under one roof is in the best interest of their students’ long-term health, as well as a potential budgetary and operational boon.

This recent shift in mindset has supported the emergence of a new breed of recreation centers that is only anticipated to multiply. “We’re seeing more and more universities come to us with a new set of challenges and program needs, as opposed to simply saying ‘we need this type of building’,” says Brad Lukanic, Cannon Design’s executive director of education.

The Student Wellness & Recreation Center at Georgia College

Courtesy JWest Productions

One example of this new breed of recreation center is the Student Wellness & Recreation Center at Georgia College, which integrates student health and counseling services among basketball courts, treadmills, and lounge areas. At Spelman College, a new fitness and wellness center is a result of the college’s dramatic decision to eliminate its intercollegiate athletics program to increase recreation and wellness funding.

“It was startling how much of our operating budget was devoted to athletics programming that only benefitted 80 of our 2,100 students,” says Beverly Daniel Tatum, president of Spelman College. “It just didn’t make sense. So we decided to put all that funding into a ‘Wellness Revolution’ that can benefit every Spelman student.”

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