For years, overcrowding and long lines have been the norm at the SERF (Southeast Recreational Facility), built in 1983 to give students a place to exercise. So it’s no surprise that in a 2014 student-government referendum, 87 percent of students voted to dedicate more of their fees to improving recreational facilities on campus. Work will begin this fall on a new facility with more space for students and staff to work out, an Olympic-size swimming pool, and an expanded track. Unlike the old SERF, it will have central air-conditioning and more natural light. The new building, scheduled to open in summer 2019, is part of a master plan that also includes replacing the Natatorium and overhauling the near west and near east playing fields.
Published in the Fall 2017 issue