Cal State East Bay staff and students have a new place to sweat away those extra holiday season pounds.
The school unveiled its Recreation and Wellness Center on Tuesday -- located on the south end of the university's Hayward campus -- after a soft opening last month, where members of the campus community were invited to preview the 54,000-square-foot facility during a free two-week trial.
The center is not open to the general public, but currently enrolled students qualify for a complimentary membership each quarter, and faculty, staff, retirees and alumni can use the facility for a fee per school quarter.
The center doesn't just encourage the health of staff and students, but also the environment.
It includes a variety of sustainable building designs, such as a green roof system and water-efficient landscaping. A specially designed wall that absorbs heat, combined with natural ventilation features, will help keep the building naturally cool during the day.
For members, the facility includes a multicourt gymnasium, elevated jogging track, fitness center and multipurpose fitness and activity rooms for aerobics, martial arts and dancing.
The center also will provide a space for the school's intramural sports, such as basketball, volleyball and badminton, as well as fitness programs such as weight training.
In addition, the facility has an outdoor adventure center that will allow students to get information on activities such as kayaking, hiking and camping in the Bay Area. That department also will have equipment available to students.
The $32 million facility was financed through student fees negotiated with student groups, including Associated Students Inc., in 2007. Associated Students was the organization that hired a design company to perform a feasibility study for the project.