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Back to School . . . and Fit

Nearly 70 members and guests headed back to school and for some fitness during the March 20 program. Well, sort of, as our chapter received a firsthand look and behind-the-scenes look at the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ showcase Wellness and Recreation Center.

John C. McAllister, Associate AIA, Associate Vice President, and Whit Rogers, AIA, Senior Associate with CannonDesign provided a presentation on the building’s architectural design and engineering.

Completed in the fall of 2015, the center is located in the heart of the university campus and its design establishes a bold new campus architecture that guides UMSL into the future. The building responds to its natural topography and introduces a new bridge spanning a regional bicycle trail that connects the entry level to the nearby student center.

The 100,000 square-foot facility offers students, faculty and the community a range of amenities. The $36 million facility features two hardwood gym courts and a multiuse court. An elevated running track uses an inclined portion, coupled with views along glass walls, to mirror running outdoors. Other features include: a two-story climbing wall, zip line, 155,000-gallon pool, sauna, group fitness rooms, cardio and strength-training equipment, lounge areas and a pro shop.

After the presentation, attendees toured the facility. Attendees took a look at the center’s impressive amenities and its maintenance needs, including heating and cooling systems.

Special thanks to the university for its hospitality, as well as to Stryker Construction for sponsoring the evening’s reception. We also appreciate the work of Kevin Sullivan with Steelcase and a member of our program committee for coordinating the event.

The evening also included some important announcements from Jennifer Johnston, Chapter President. She encouraged members to consider nominations to the board. Officers begin their term on July 1, 2019.  Members should contact the IFMA office for nominations.

Secondly, Johnston encouraged members to get involved by joining a committee. Details for each committee can be found on the IFMA St. Louis web site.

And all members have an incentive to recruit new professional members. Members will receive a $50 gift card for each new professional member that they recruit from now until the end of the year.