Plan for new fitness facilities ready in Feb.

Dalhousie University tackles new fitness facilities with phased construction plan

Eliza Ritchie Hall will be torn down and replaced by new fitness facilities. (Photo: Jessica Filoso)
Eliza Ritchie Hall will be torn down and replaced by new fitness facilities. (Photo: Jessica Filoso)

Dalhousie University is close to finalizing details on phase one of a construction plan for new fitness facilities.

A news release issued Friday said phase one of the construction plan consists of creating the design for a “stand-alone fitness centre.” The design, a detailed project budget and construction timeline are due to be presented to the board of governors by February 2014.

The facility is to take the place of Eliza Ritchie Hall on South Street. Charles Crosby, senior adviser of communications and marketing at Dalhousie, says the residence has needed to come down for a long time. Residents of Eliza Ritchie will be moved into the new mixed-use residence currently under construction on Lemarchant Street.

Dalhousie and University of King’s College students will start paying the $180 fitness fee that was approved by their boards of governors in 2010 as soon as the new facilities open. This fee will pay for the building mortgage and be used for any other recreation facility renewal.

The new facilities will include:

  • cardio and strength training equipment
  • class-size fitness studios for dance, yoga, and spin
  • competition-quality courts
  • customer service and equipment rentals
  • changing rooms

All of these requests were made by students in a 2011 campus recreation survey and in fitness facility consultations held over the past two years.

The new fitness centre will not replace the Dalplex. The Dalplex and other fitness facilities on campus will be assessed in the next couple of years.