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Officials draw up SLC plans

April 4, 1997

Kevin Johnson / The Baylor Lariat

A model of the future Student Life Complex is located in the Business Manager's office in Clifton Robinson Tower.

By Wilson Aurbach

Lariat Reporter

The Student Life Complex is not a myth. University officials are working to prepare blueprints and raise money to complete the long awaited fitness mecca.

Dr. Gwin Morris, associate vice president of University development, said fundraising is going well. His office is almost finished with its regional campaign, which means they have collected about one-quarter of the projected $20 million needed to complete the complex. University policy requires that all funds be secured before construction begins. All capital is planned to be either given or promised to the University by December of this year.

Overall, Morris said, 'We're about where we expected to be.'

Student Body President Collin Cox said that once half the total amount is raised, the project will better qualify to receive matching funds from larger corporations and foundations.

Morris said the main building of the Student Life Complex will house the fitness, wellness and health centers. The indoor plans are for multiple racquetball and squash courts, three full-size basketball courts, a quarter-mile jogging track, a simulated rock climbing wall and an exercise/lap pool, in addition to the expected fitness equipment. A snack bar and locker room will complement the new facilities.

Outside, plans are to enhance the intramural fields by leveling, lighting, irrigating the fields and providing restrooms for the area. Two basketball courts will be added adjacent to the main building.

Morris said that the tennis center will be expanded from eight to at least 16 courts, and a clubhouse including restrooms and a snack bar will be built for those using the facility. A new soccer field will be built complete with grandstands and an electronic scoreboard. The field will be mainly for the University women's NCAA team, but will occasionally be available for other soccer events. There are also plans to build a freestanding building for lockeroom purposes next to the existing pool.

Currently, there are no fixed plans about the fate of the Goebel Building and Russell Gymnasium.

Once construction begins, Morris said it will take about 90 days to complete the renovations to the intramural fields, and about 400 days to construct the Student Life Complex's main building.

Sometime next week, architectural plans will be finalized. Morris said that about 85 percent to 90 percent of the building plans have been finished. Some areas are still in the discussion stage.

Students are invited and encouraged to e-mail any comments or suggestions about the Student Life Complex to the Student Body President's Office at Collin_Cox@baylor.edu

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