University of Hawaii at Manoa is getting a new recreation center this week.
A grand opening for the Warrior Recreation Center will be held this Friday, April 11.
The student-driven, student-funded facility will offer students a multi-purpose gymnasium, an indoor jogging track, a fitness center for cardiovascular and weight training, sports equipment checkout, locker rooms and showers.
It will complement the diverse programs of the Student Life and Development Office-Student Recreation Services and contribute to the comprehensive recreation program offered on the Manoa campus.
A blessing takes place at 1:30 p.m. and festivities are planned throughout the day, including tours, recreational class demonstrations and entertainment. Then at 5 p.m., the Taste of Manoa and Campus Center Carnival kicks off.
Students who are in good financial standing and who have paid the Campus Center Operation and Recreation Fee are able to access the WRC and utilize SRS services. Hours of operation for the WRC include Mondays through Fridays, 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Memberships will be available for purchase for faculty, staff and students who were not assessed the Campus Center Operation and Recreation Fee. An annual faculty/staff membership starts at $240. Those with a valid UHM ID card are eligible for a two-week trial period from April 11-25 to determine if they would like to continue using the WRC by purchasing a membership.
The facility was designed with sustainability in mind and LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver certification is expected. Sustainability elements include energy-efficient mechanical systems, a photovoltaic system, water-saving fixtures, use of permeable material, solar water heating, a green roof and maximizing the use of natural lighting.