Campus celebrates groundbreaking for first student-funded recreational building

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Members of the Penn State community celebrated the official groundbreaking for the first student-funded recreational building project today (April 23) on the University Park campus. Student and administrative leaders gathered at the Intramural (IM) Building to mark the occasion.

"It's great to finally see the IM Building project break ground, since this is the first building that students will see voted upon and paid for by the student facilities fee," said Courtney Lennartz, immediate past president of the University Park Undergraduate Association. "Students' requests for more fitness space were heard, so we are hoping that the renovation will suit students living or needing a fitness facility near east campus."

The Intramural Building’s student-funded renovation and expansion will be paid for primarily with University Park’s Student Facilities Fee funds. Of the total $26.1 million cost of the first phase of the IM Building's improvements, $25.1 million is covered by the fee. Although construction began in February, the official groundbreaking event was held to recognize Penn State students’ support of the project.

Dr. Joyner at ground breaking ceremony

Dr. David Joyner spoke at Penn State students' groundbreaking ceremony on April 23 at the Intramural (IM) Building. The University Park Student Facilities Fee is funding phase 1 the IM Building's renovation, now in progress. 

Image: Patrick Mansell

Phase 1 of construction, which will be completed in late spring 2014, will add a two-story fitness center, upgrade the building entrance and also enhance the aesthetic qualities of the building’s façade. The project will upgrade the current facilities and increase the size of the building by nearly half, adding 48,000 square feet to the 117,000 square feet already existing.

Phase 2, which also has received student approval for student facilities fee funding, will include three basketball courts, the extension of running track on the mezzanine level and conversion of the existing main gym into a multi-activity court.

Penn State’s 2013 Senior Class gift, a “We Are” sculpture at the corner of Curtin Road and University Drive adjacent to the IM Building, will also be added during this phase. A nationwide call for entries for the design of the gift is open until July at

Last Updated April 23, 2013