RecWell Hosts Event for New $ 113.2 Million Bakke Wellness and Recreation Center The Badger Herald

University Recreation & Wellbeing held an event on Thursday outside the Dejope Residence to provide further details regarding the construction of the new Natatorium which will be known as the Bakke Recreation & Wellbeing Center.

The new Natatorium is the University of Wisconsin’s second construction project master plan, an overhaul of the recreation and sports facilities on campus that began in March 2014. The Bakke Recreation & Wellbeing Center is expected to complete construction in 2023.

The installation will be named after the Bakke family who announced on Thursday that they would donate $ 20 million to the project. Jim Bakke is a UW alumnus and president and CEO of Sub-Zero Group, a luxury appliance company, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

UW administrators, RecWell staff, student leaders and architects attended the event.

At the start of the event, Ho-Chunk Nation President Marlon WhiteEagle delivered a speech congratulating UW on the project and reminding the audience of the Ho-Chunk Nation’s past relationship with the university.

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UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank, who led the event, said she hopes the new Bakke Center will have a positive effect on the campus community.

“There will be academic space for our top ranked kinesiology program, one of the fastest growing majors on our campus,” Blank said. “It will be a space that welcomes the community, with community events, camps and clinics, and individual nutritional counseling.”

The Bakke Center will host a 25-meter recreational pool, eight basketball courts, an ice cap, expanded fitness areas, multi-purpose studios and an indoor jogging track. The facility will also have showers and lockers for all genders to accommodate all members and visitors, according to the construction project website.

Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Lori Reesor also spoke at the event, thanking the Bakke family for their contributions, as well as Madison’s Student Associates for the work they have done to secure the support of students for the master plan.

“I am proud to recognize our student government, the Associated Students of Madison, for their leadership six years ago in securing student financial support for this building, the Nicholas Recreation Center and two outdoor grounds,” said Reesor.

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The Natatorium has a total budget of $ 113.2 million and is expected to be completed by spring 2023. According to the website, the university is particularly excited about the Bakke Center’s proximity to Lake Mendota and the Lakeshore. Path.

The event ended with an overview of the construction progress and a groundbreaking ceremony.

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