New Fitness Center and Campus Store Coming to La Salle University’s Main Campus
La Salle University is planning to build an approximately 10,000-square-foot complex to house a new campus store and health and fitness center on its Main Campus. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer and is targeted to be completed in spring 2015. The project is expected to cost between $4 million and $5 million.
The two-story fitness center and one-story campus store will be housed in the same complex, with separate entrances. Plans currently call for an indoor café or market on the first floor that will be accessible from both the store and the fitness center.
“This new complex will be a terrific enhancement to our campus,” said Brother Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., President of La Salle University. “The state-of-the-art facility will create another hub of student activity on Main Campus and will offer first-rate amenities and services for the entire La Salle community.”
The glass-front complex will be located on the south side of Olney Avenue between the University’s Connelly Library and the Hayman Center, La Salle’s main sports venue.
Some parking spots will be lost with the construction of the building, but there are plans for new spaces to be added to the campus to replace them.
The complex was designed by Baltimore firm Hord/Coplan/Macht.
Once the new facility opens, the University’s current Independence Blue Cross Fitness Center, located on its South Campus, will remain open.
The complex is the latest in a series of new facilities projects that have been initiated during Br. Michael’s 15-year tenure as President. During his administration, the University is building or has built:
- A new School of Business, located on the University’s West Campus. Groundbreaking for the $35 million facility is scheduled for May 6, with a targeted completion date of January 2016.
- The St. Basil Court residence hall and adjacent Treetops Café overlooking Fairmount Park.
- The former Germantown Hospital, whose acquisition expanded the University’s physical footprint from 100 to 130 acres, creating a West Campus and a new, expanded space for the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and other administrative offices.
- The Shoppes at La Salle, the development of which supported the economic viability of the surrounding community and which includes the first supermarket in the neighborhood in 40 years.
- An expanded and completely renovated Holroyd Hall, featuring the Hugh and Nancy Devlin Center for Science and Technology.
La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order, which St. La Salle founded in 1680. La Salle is an educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values. The University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 30 schools in the North Region and among the top 10 Catholic schools in the region.