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NEW: WPI Dedicates Sustainable Sports & Recreation Center

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

 

WPI's new Sports & Recreation Center

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) officially dedicated its 145,000-square-foot sports and recreation facility today.

The new facility, which is being hailed as one of the "greenest" sports centers in the nation, will provide WPI students and faculty with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, along with space to host WPI's famed robotics competitions.

“On this day I am proud and very happy to officially open this beautiful and long-awaited Sports & Recreation Center, this outstanding and sustainable facility,” said WPI President Dennis Berkey. “This project embodies the values that are at the core of the WPI experience. It’s a collaborative space serving the whole student community, providing top-flight resources for our student athletes to reach the highest levels of performance and achievement. It truly is a new center for excellence."

WPI students worked with architects from CannonDesign of Boston during the facility's construction. The school used the construction opportunity to get students in the fields of civil and mechanical engineering valuable work experience on a unique project. Now that construction is complete, those students are working with builders, IBM, and AutoCad, a manufacturer of 3D modeling software, to evolve the system to make maintenance operations more efficient.

In 2007, the WPI Board of Trustees called for all future buildings on campus to be an environmentally friendly, and this new facility certainly fits that billing. Designed to meet U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, the building will feature, among other additions, a pool preheated by 35 solar panels and a rainwater collection system to aid the facility's cooling center.

 

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