Coast Mountain College is moving forward on plans for a $1.3 million health and wellness building on their Terrace campus.
The 2,877 sq. ft centre is a renovation of the existing fitness facility attached to the Waap Amgam (House of Cedar) trades building, and is aimed to be a “vital hub for on-campus wellness activities.”
“The College anticipates that upon its completion, this wellness center will complete a strategy to develop a campus community that offers a variety of activity and recreation options for our students, staff and the citizens of Terrace and the surrounding area,” reads a summary of the project presented to city council Jan. 14.
Preliminary floor plans show a large open concept space with cardio machines and weights, similar to what was available before the trades building was renovated. There will also be a separate studio room for group activities like yoga, aerobics, Zumba and spin classes.
“We know that fit, healthy students are better positioned for success at school. We also know that student life on campus is important to building community and providing students with on-campus activities – the fitness centre will help with that,” wrote CMTN’s director of communications and public relations Sarah Zimmerman in an email to the Terrace Standard.
“This is an important piece of infrastructure for our students, staff and community members in the area. Our students have identified a fitness facility as being important to them.”
CMTN has hired Stantec to be the architect for the project and IDL Construction Management Group to develop the initial designs. The college has also hired on a design consultant to assess accessibility features for the centre.
To fund the project, CTMN has created a multi-year internal funding source of $950,000 and is applying for $250,000 in funding from the Northern Development Initiative Trust.
The foundation for the new building has been completed so far, with the construction of the centre’s superstructure beginning this year. The college expects the total fit-out to be done by the end of May to unveil the new health and wellness centre by early summer.