Dalhousie’s Board of Governors has approved an approach that will see this project delivered in phases. The university is now entering the implementation stage for Phase I of a new fitness facility to be built at the Eliza Ritchie site on South Street.
What is Phase I?
The new Fitness Centre will include new cardio and strength training facilities, group fitness studios, new customer service and equipment rental facilities and new change rooms. The project team will be reviewing our user specifications to ensure we build appropriately for our student population.
What about Dalplex?
The new Fitness Centre will operate alongside Dalplex and serve the fitness needs of the Dal community. It does not replace Dalplex, but will serve very specific needs and audiences. The current Dalplex building and Studley Gym are aging, and over the next few years we will assess the overall recreation needs of our community and determine the best path forward.
The Board of Governors approved an updated schematic design in February 2015, and we are currently proceeding with further planning to finalize implementation and a timeline to delivery.
We are honouring a commitment made to our student community by providing a modern fitness and recreation facility. Our goal is to serve the athletic and recreational needs of the entire Dalhousie community- our students, faculty, staff, Dalplex members and our neighbors. We are committed to continuing to work with our community as we move forward in bringing this vision to life.
Key features for the new Fitness Centre include:
- Core Space (lobby, reception, offices)
- Fitness Space (cardio, strength training, high performance area)
- Multi-Use Studios (large and small)
- Change Rooms (Women, Men, Universal)
- Back of House (building operations, mechanical, storage)
- Location: Taking the place of Eliza Ritchie Hall on South Street, connected to the Dalplex
- Size: Approximately 56,900 sq.ft.
- Budget: 23.3 million
- Construction start date: mid September 2015
- Construction completion date: Spring 2018
- Architects: FBM Architects and MJMA Architects
- Construction firm: Bird Construction
- Core space for lobby, offices and reception
- Fitness space including a high performance strength training area and cardio space
- Multi-use studios
- Change rooms for women, men and universal