Simpson community eager to dedicate new Fitness Center

The formal dedication for the new Steven Johnson Fitness Center won’t take place until Friday, Feb. 7, but you can get a sneak peek by clicking here:

The Fitness Center, the newest renovation to the Simpson College landscape, opened to the campus community in January, creating a first-class, comprehensive fitness complex located at the heart of campus.

The $6 million project began in March 2013 and is highlighted by a two-tier workout facility consisting of a 5,500 square foot strength and conditioning center and a 4,500-square foot exercise and fitness center. The picturesque facility overlooks Buxton Stadium and is encased by a glass wall.

In addition to the Fitness Center, the renovation includes additional classroom and meeting space, administrative and academic suites, an expanded wrestling room, a cheer, dance and multipurpose room, a new Hall of Fame display, an exercise science and athletic training lab and a Swim Ex rehabilitation and therapy pool.

“We feel like we were able to dramatically improve our academic space, our recreational space and our athletic space,” said John Sirianni, special assistant to the president, who was in charge of fundraising for the project.

The fitness center is connected to the new Kent Campus Center, resulting in nearly 170,000 square feet of activity space right in the center of campus.

“Having these high quality facilities in the heart of campus is a great benefit to our students,” Sirianni said. “This is a great enhancement of the Simpson experience and is just one more way we are helping our students achieve success.”

The space, formerly known as Cowles Center, has been renamed the Simpson Athletic Complex, which consists of the Steven Johnson Fitness Center, Cowles Center, Carse Hall and Hopper Gymnasium.

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