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Frequently Asked Questions


How will we pay for this project?
Funding is through the sale of bonds to be repaid through student fees collected over a period of 25 years.
What is the amount of the new fee?
The fee increase approved by student votes was $121 - $125 per semester. Because bonds were issued at more favorable interest rates, actual fee increase will be less. This new fee will start in 2014 spring semester and will be $108.54 students taking more than one class or one class of more than five credit hours, and $85.18 for students taking one class of five or fewer hours.
Why is this project necessary?
This project was initiated by student leaders to improve and expand outdated, overcrowded facilities in order to maximize the positive impact upon student satisfaction, overall well-being and retention. More specifically, this final project was created for the following reasons:
- To address nearly $25 million in deferred maintenance for the Recreation Center by renovating existing building systems and activity and service spaces, and addressing accessibility concerns and life-safety issues.
- To begin to close the significant gap (estimated at 181,500 ASF and costing $130 million) in the amount of indoor recreation/fitness space per student at UCB as compared to national standards. This project moves UCB closer to space standards and goals within the 2011-2021 Campus Master Plan draft.
- To add indoor programming space to support high participation rates at UCB, where students participate at a rate nearly 10% higher than the national average.
What is the scope of this project?
The project is to fully renovate and expand the existing Student Recreation Center, increasing the size of the center by nearly 30%.
Key elements of this project include:
- Doubling Strength and Conditioning Spaces for drop-in weight & cardiovascular fitness training
- Adding an Indoor Turf, Multi-Activity Gym for programmed and informal recreation
- Adding an Outdoor Aquatics Facility & Deck Area
- Replacing/Upgrading Building HVAC, Roof, Fire Suppression Systems and Access
- Adding a Wellness & Athletic Training Suite for drop-in and program usage
- Doubling Multi-Purpose Group Fitness Studio Space for a range of fitness classes, martial arts, and drop-in dance and fitness activities
- Renovating all spaces for the general and special needs of students, including all locker/restrooms (also adding gender inclusive spaces), lobby and meeting spaces
- Reconstructing the existing, failing Ice Rink and related systems
- Renovating 2 existing Gyms, including adding new wood floors
- Replacing the Outdoor Tennis Courts
- Building a state-of-the-art Climbing Gym with Bouldering Area
When would the construction begin and end?
Ground breaking proposed for late spring 2012.
Occupancy will begin in late fall semester 2013. Completion will be in late Spring 2014.
CUSG Referenda Question
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“Do you, as a University of Colorado-Boulder student, approve an increase in funding for the extensive renovation and expansion project of the University of Colorado Recreation Center at the rate of $121-125 ($102-104 for construction bonds and $19-21 for operations) per student, per semester, beginning Fall 2013 in student fee dollars and spanning a period of 25 years?”
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Fee Structure: The fee assessed to students enrolled in more than one class or more than 5 credit hours will be between $121-125. All students enrolled in one class of 5 credits hours or less will pay between $102-104. All post-comprehensive doctoral students, "D" status, will pay $0.
Passed? YES