Although there have been several buildings renovated during theperiod, the Wellness Center will involve the first new constructionat the campus in the last 40 years. Construction is expected tobegin in the late summer or fall of this year.

"Through the Wellness Center, the college will expand ourcommitment to education for health and well-being, and bring thatknowledge into the community," says College of New Rochellepresident Dr. Stephen J. Sweeny. "We're not just constructing abuilding, we are drawing on our strength as a women-centered,faith-based liberal arts institution and matching it with thecritical need to build a healthier society."

The Wellness Center will include a gymnasium with bleachers thatcan accommodate 1,500 people, a basketball and volleyball courts,an interior running track suspended above the gym floor and asix-lane NCAA competition swimming pool, lockers and showers. Inaddition, a 3,500-sf fitness center will also be part of the newbuilding that will feature a weight and equipment room, aerobicsand dance studio, meditation room and contemplation roofgarden.

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