UNCG Recreation Center

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina system, is a public liberal arts and research university with 15,173 undergraduates. In 2007, a vision for a new student recreation center began in answer to the school's rapid growth and needs of UNCG students. After years of careful planning and design, a new 216,000 square-foot Student Recreation Center was constructed in order to enhance the experience of its students and give them the best chance of success. The $91 Million student recreation center, later named The Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness, is more than twice the size of the former one. It has been lauded as one of the most modern and innovative college recreation centers in the United States. One of the goals for the project was to have more students residing on campus which would lead to greater retention and graduation rates. A centrally located recreation center where students can meet and work out together will help promote the community "feel" of students living and going to school on campus. According to Dr. Jill Beville, director of recreation and wellness at UNCG, "It's important for students to leave their resident halls and apartments and have a space where they are surrounded by their peers. Research shows that when students are connected to campus through recreation and wellness programs, they are more successful both inside and outside of the classroom." In 2014, construction began of the new recreation center. Kirlin-Way Mechanical was proud to have been selected by the construction manager to furnish and install all of the mechanical and plumbing systems. The value of the mechanical portion was $10,600,000.