WPI’s New Gym A Welcome Addition to Worcester

Filed in University College Life by on March 1, 2010 0 Comments


The Worcester Business Journal reported today that WPI is issuing bonds through MassDevelopment to build modern sports and recreation facilities. Currently budgeted at $56million it will be competitive with many of the modern sports and recreation facilities that have been built recently by the likes of Boston University and MIT.

WPI has put together a great project minisite that describes the project which includes renderings from architects about what the buildings will look like. They also include a video of Dr. Berkey presenting the project and highlighting the need for such a facility.

Sports can be such a great part of community and Worcester is lucky to have a variety of colleges and universities that offer that to us. Just think of how Holy Cross continues to entertain us with their football program. This addition to WPI will also help make sure they don’t lose prospective students and athletes to schools that have modern facilities. The project will be started after commencement this year.

This project is part of a bigger 7 year capital campaign plan and some of the money from the bonds will be going to some of the maintenance and repairs that are part of that campaign. This all depends on continued support from the WPI alumni to raise the $200 million target for this campaign.

WPI was very competitive in basketball this past season on both the women’s and men’s sides. They also were competitive in rowing which we also highlighted with their representation at the Head of the Charles Regatta this past fall. Hopefully the alumni and the Worcester community will be able to make this happen.

For more information on how you can help please visit WPI’s website.

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