Trustees weigh gym expansion, tuition increase

More construction may be on the way for Colorado Mesa University.

The university’s board of trustees discussed the possibility at a board meeting Monday of expanding the Hamilton Recreation Center, the gym facility inside the university’s Maverick Center.

The center opened in January 2010 and features two stories of workout equipment, exercise rooms and a running track.

The potential $5 million expansion plan proposes adding rooms for aerobics, yoga and spinning classes, additional locker rooms and storage on the first floor of the building and extra fitness space and a jungle gym for boot camp-like training on the building’s second floor.

The additions as proposed would go east of the recreation center on the other side of a walkway and entrance to the Maverick Center.

The area is landscaped and development would not require the removal of any nearby buildings, including Walnut Ridge Apartments.

Colorado Mesa President Tim Foster told trustees he expects the university to come up with a plan for funding the potential expansion in time for the trustees’ next meeting in August. He estimated construction would last at least 12 months.

“My guess is we’ll use some cash, some bond proceeds and fund raise the rest,” Foster said.

The gym expansion would be the next in a long line of construction and renovation projects at CMU over the past five years.

The school’s board of trustees has already approved construction of a new residence hall next year, and a residence hall being built across from the university’s soccer field is set to open this summer.

Colorado Mesa is pondering a new classroom building and parking garage as well.

Trustees also voted Tuesday to adopt price schedules for residence halls, meal plans and tuition and fees in 2012–13.

Starting this fall, students will see a $10.75 increase per credit hour in tuition and mandated fees will cost the same amount as the previous year. That amounts to a 4.93 percent increase in tuition and fees year-over-year.

Tuition and fees increased 4.78 percent year-over-year in 2011–12.

Student meal plans will increase 2.7 percent and housing rates will increase by 2 percent to 7 percent, depending on where a student chooses to live.

The cost to the university for providing housing and meals is expected to increase 6.1 percent, according to board documents.


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