SRC to celebrate its grand opening

Correction: The SRC facility including the Rec pool is 138,000 square ft., the building is 118,000 square ft. and the Rec pool is an additional 20,000 square ft. The actual cost of the SRC is $62,354,790 (University Advancement rounded to $62.3 million.)

After 24 months of construction, CSUN’s Student Recreation Center (SRC) will be celebrating its grand opening Thursday, Jan. 26 at the USU.

The event, which is open to all students, faculty and staff, will feature live disc jockey’s, arcade games, go carts, food trucks, cirque performers, Capoeira performers, a laser show and much more.

Director of the Student Recreation Center Aida Johnson said the SRC construction and ongoing operations is funded by student fees, approved by students in the Spring 2007 referendum.

The SRC, which cost CSUN $59 million, will boast an indoor jogging track, a rock climbing wall, workout equipment, basketball courts, outdoor pools and three exercise group studios, which will include classes such as Zumba and kickboxing. The new building is approximately 120,000 square ft. and was designed by the award-winning Los Angeles Planning Architecture Firm (LPA).

“The campus worked very closely with LPA to define the key objectives of the building program and design,” said Colin Donahue, associate vice president of facilities development and operations. “The team set out to create a building that was strong and iconic, while also relating well to the existing USU facilities and the overall campus.”

While there are no membership, nominal fees may be assessed for personal training and specialty classes.

“All enrolled CSUN students will be SRC members at no additional cost. When students pay tuition each semester, the SRC fee of $130 is already included in the current USU fee of $250,” said Kaila Lavin, CSUN membership coordinator. “Students cannot opt out of this fee.”

Each academic year, the fee will increase to cover inflation by $3 for each fall and spring semester. Lavin also said all students will pay $78 if they are enrolled in summer courses. Fee increases for the summer months have not yet been determined.

For faculty, staff and CSUN alumni, the SRC offers a membership fee of $163, but it is subject to change and will increase incrementally for inflation each year. Options for monthly and annual fees, and payroll deductions, are under development.

“I feel really excited that the SRC will be opening soon,” said Amber Sweeny, 20, a communication major. “The new SRC has motivated me to work out and become a member since I paid for it through my tuition fees and the new building is bigger and so nice to look at.”