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BGSU Rec Center Reopens with a beautiful facelift

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After four years of planning including a year of construction, Bowling Green State University students can hit the gym at their renovated Recreation Center. Director of Recreation and Wellness, Steve Kampf says it is a 14.8 million dollar project and they had student input from the start.

"The number one things students wanted was new equipment, new equipment, new equipment," says Kampf.

The windows in front were extended to the second floor and bring in lots of light. Students say they also bring in brighter attitudes. It is a big transformation from the days of the 70's décor with walls lined with paneling. "The energy wasn't as positive," says BGSU Senior Julia Hage. She was part of a focus group as a freshman. And she is very pleased with the results.

"The first time you step in the door the energy is extremely positive and there's a freshness about the Rec now."

Mr. Kampf says student enrollment and retention were the main reasons for the rec center face lift. And students like Matthew Bruening agree. The center renovation was one big reason he came back to BG as a grad student.

"I have buddies at Akron, Kent, Ohio State, Miami and all the recreations are state of the art. And it was kind of a bummer to be part of a D-1 school and not have that recreational center. And now, I feel like we are back in the top D-1 schools," he says.

Memberships are also available to the public.

http://www.bgsu.edu/recwell/membership.html

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