UPDATE (January 19, 2018): The Sentry previously reported that the Salazar Family Foundation’s donation would prevent student fees from being increased. Though the Student Wellness Center has no plans to raise fees at this time, funding may be reassessed when the Foundation’s endowment is spent. 80 percent of the $10 million contribution will be dedicated to managing future expenses and maintaining student fees at their current rates.
New developments to get excited for
The newest building on CU Denver’s campus is cementing and plastering its final features. Originally scheduled to open early this spring, the Lola and Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center will debut in May and is set to become one of the student body’s most valuable resources.
Each floor of the Student Wellness Center will have different amenities available, from a swimming pool to an open-air terrace and 36-foot climbing wall with breathtaking views of the Auraria campus and downtown Denver. “The pool and the variety of classes the Wellness Center will offer excites me the most; the availability of a convenient and affordable gym on campus I can use to stay healthy is a valuable investment in the campus community,” Music Performance and Chemistry major Nydia Stanfield said. The first floor of the Wellness Center will have a walk-up front desk service center where equipment can be checked out.
A major community feature of the Student Wellness Center is a full kitchen with farmhouse-style tables and a projector screen. In this area, students can prepare meals, eat in between classes, and watch major sporting events on the projector screen.
The first floor also includes study rooms, a coffee lounge, and weights for strength training and lifting. Another special feature of the first floor is the bike maintenance shop where students can get bicycles serviced by a professional, as well as an outdoor adventure center where everything from tents to paddle boards can be checked out.
With a six-lane swimming pool, complete with a hot tub, and a climbing wall, the first floor alone is filled with endless ways to get active and have fun. Upper floors include a three court gymnasium, a game room, spin class equipment, wellness suites for meditation, and a nap room where students can wind down after breaking a sweat. Thanks to the donation from The Salazar Family Foundation, founded by Lola and Rob Salazar in 1999, student fees will not be raised and have made many of the amazing amenities possible.
With warmer weather and springtime around the corner, the opening of the Wellness Center in May is bound to be an exciting addition to student life at CU Denver.