Enthusiasm, excitement mark grand opening of new Recreation and Wellness Center
January 27, 2023
“Designing Our Future” is Quinnipiac’s blueprint for the university’s 10-year master facilities plan. It brings to life the vision and aspirations set forth in Quinnipiac’s strategic plan, The University of The Future. True to our 92-year history, it is a plan powered by momentum, growth and a commitment to making the world around us a better place.
January 27, 2023
Designing our Future includes near- and long-term plans to evolve and reimagine our three campuses. This master facilities plan outlines the contours of the physical footprint of our campuses including facilities, living and learning spaces, greenspaces, and social hubs. “Designing Our Future” will serve as a critical foundation for enhancing the intellectual, social, cultural and emotional wellbeing of the Bobcat family, and the communities we touch.
Several near-term projects include the construction of a new Recreation and Wellness Center, the renovation of The Complex residence hall, and the initial scoping of a new general academic building and residence hall. Pictured above is a rendering of a new South Quad concept for our Mount Carmel Campus.
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Take a look at how we imagine our Mount Carmel Campus may one day look:
An exceptional student residential experience is essential to creating a dynamic on-campus environment for all students – residential and non-residential. The plan includes building new residence halls while also creating more space for social gatherings and engagement with each other, and with faculty, staff and alumni across all three of our campuses.
A combination of new facilities and renovations to existing ones will provide the academic and student support space required to help our students thrive and deliver a best-in-class academic experience and more hands-on experiential learning opportunities.
Our beautiful campuses will always be home to a dynamic on-campus environment that deliver an exceptional student experience. Our master plan will explore ways to take advantage of the great outdoor spaces we have across our beautiful campuses to promote more active outdoor lifestyles and connections with nature.
Within each campus, the Master Plan prioritizes a clear, well-defined pedestrian experience that more easily connects people and places, which is critical as we look to create living-learning communities that integrate the academic experience with the student life experience. We will also partner with the Town of Hamden to explore how we evolve Hamden from a town with a college in it, into a vibrant college town.
Our master plan takes a holistic look at all 3 campuses and ways we can unify them – in services, programming and even the look and feel of the spaces – so there is truly a feeling of One Quinnipiac regardless of whether you’re in North Haven, up on York Hill, or on Mount Carmel.
The overarching goal is to establish a flexible, yet powerful, long-term vision for campus development that advances Quinnipiac’s strategic plan. There are a few key projects that Quinnipiac recently completed or expects to begin in 2021 that will enhance students' living and learning experiences and address space needs. Check back often for updates and new projects set to kick off in the near future.
Opened in 2023, the new multi-purpose facility includes expanded recreational space and equipment, a rock-climbing wall, an upgraded health center, a counseling center with stunning outdoor views and a fuel bar for pre- and post-workout nutritional needs. Outside the building is an amphitheater and other inviting spaces. The entire building and the programming it delivers is designed with the health and wellbeing of our campus community at its core.
Learn more about the Recreation and Wellness Center
The new Recreation and Wellness Center offers facilities and programming to meet wide range of health and wellness services, including fitness studios, equipment and classes; a smoothie bar for refueling and a demonstration kitchen to learn new cooking skills; healthcare services and facilities for a range of medical needs; and counseling space and professionals for mental health services.
On The Rocks Pub and Grill in the Rocky Top Student Center opened in the spring of 2020. This new social and gathering space was the culmination of two years of collaboration and work between university officials and student representatives. On the Rocks hosts members of the university community in a variety of seating arrangements — from bar stools and booths to farm tables as they enjoy beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages and pub-style food. The space incudes televisions throughout, pool tables, shuffle boards, and a stage for live performances. And an ever-changing line-up of student programming keeps students connected all year long.
Larson, Perlroth and Troup residence halls (collectively known as The Suites) underwent a full renovation in the summer of 2019. All three buildings feature a new modern design that extends from all common areas into suite style units, bedrooms and bathrooms. The renovation included air-conditioning throughout the buildings and new furniture in every bedroom and common room.