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The innovative design of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) was acknowledged this month with an Outstanding Sports Facilities Award from the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA).

The annual award recognizes creative designs of new, renovated or expanded collegiate recreational facilities. Winners are considered a standard or model by which other collegiate recreational facilities should be measured and from which others can benefit. Judges evaluate each facility for its architectural design, functionality and how well it meets its intended purpose.

The $21-million, 104,000-square-foot SRWC, which opened in 2007, features options for health and wellness, including a climbing wall, three basketball courts, free-weight theater, a multipurpose gym for soccer and floor hockey, a walking and jogging track, cardio center and a Cyber Café, which offers healthy food options. The facility was funded through student segregated fees.

“This is one of the finest recreation and wellness centers in the country, and this award recognizes that,” said Tom Patt, director of the SRWC. “We are pleased to be considered a model for other student recreation facilities in the country, and I applaud UW Oshkosh students for having the vision to create a building that is considered a national model.”

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