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Antioch College Wellness Center renovation to strengthen town-gown ties

YELLOW SPRINGS, OH – May 16, 2013 – Construction will begin in late spring or early summer on the renovation of Antioch College’s Health and Wellness Center, the former Curl Gymnasium, located on the southwest end campus.

Contractors will rehab or reconfigure much of the interior of the 44,000-square-foot facility. Once complete, the Health and Wellness Center will include a fully equipped fitness center, racquetball courts, multi-purpose studio spaces, and a regulation-size indoor swimming pool. South Gym will continue to serve as a multi-use space and East Gym’s indoor basketball courts will be refurbished. The project will cost an estimated $8 million.

Building History

The original gym dates to July 14, 1928. The structure features a steeply sloped hip-roof system. The roof is framed with riveted steel trusses supporting a timber roof structure.

A 1964 addition included a swimming pool in the center flanked with two wings. The east wing contains a gymnasium, locker rooms and storage. The west wing contains a garage and four squash courts.

Building Conditions

The roof in the original building and all of the walls appear to have no insulation, a recent inspection found.

The floor of the west gym in the original building has bucked due to flooding. The floor must be removed and replaced.

The walls in the natatorium experienced some deterioration due to the chlorine atmosphere and the sweating of metal materials. Sweating occurs at the un-insulated metal window frames and the un-insulated structural steel members in the exterior walls.

The south wall of the natatorium needs to be replaced completely. The south portion of the south wall contains a severely corroded steel framework that cannot be rehabilitated.

Sustainable Construction

The College intends to pursue LEED certification on the project. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an organization dedicated to green or sustainable building design, which attempts to minimize the environmental impact of construction to the site.

The College intends to minimize the creation of construction and demolition waste, and will use salvaged and recycled material as possible.

Community Resource

The Health and Wellness Center is conceptualized as a focal point for town-gown interactions.

A survey the college conducted in February reflected that sentiment. Since February, the college has received about 500 survey responses, including 135 from campus and over 350 from the community. Close to 95 percent said they were very likely or likely to join the center, which is expected to be competitive in fees to area YMCAs. Most said they wanted the cardio/strength building equipment and fitness aspects of a gym. And many people said they wanted the pool back.

The wellness center will maintain its current footprint but will get all new HVAC, electrical and plumbing infrastructure, as well as roofing, concrete patching, windows and doors.

Campus Development

The College received an anonymous gift to begin the project, and the fund-raising team is actively raising additional money to support the systematic renovation of the campus.

The Heath and Wellness Center is the third renovation project since the College reopened in the fall of 2011.

The historic North Hall, one of Antioch’s first three original buildings, received a $5.7 million renovation, which included the insulation of a geothermal heating and cooling system, as well as a photovoltaic array on its roof.

An initial $3.6 million investment allowed Antioch to refurbish one-third of the laboratories and classrooms in the Science Building. The second phase of the renovation will cost an estimated $7.4 million. We anticipate two-thirds of the building will be fully dedicated to the teaching of science.

With assistance from volunteers, mostly alumni, the Birch Hall dormitory, Case Commons residences, and Pennell House (now unoccupied) have been fully renovated.

About Antioch College

Antioch College is a small, liberal arts institution located on a historical campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The College has an inspiring mission and a proud history of educating leaders and contributors to our society, including Nobel Laureates, Fulbright Scholars, MacArthur Fellows, notables in arts and culture, the sciences, the public sector, and business. Our innovative baccalaureate program integrates rigorous classroom learning with full-­‐time work and community engagement. Commitments to social justice, sustainability, and global issues are important components of the Antioch College experience. A low student–faculty ratio provides Antioch College students with personal attention from professors who have a strong commitment to teaching. Originally founded in 1850, Antioch College is authorized by the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents to grant the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.


Gariot P. Louima
Chief Communications Officer