Quinnipiac University
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‘Designing Our Future’

Recreation and Wellness Center

Quinnipiac is making health and wellness a prominent feature of campus with its new Recreation and Wellness Center. The Recreation and Wellness Center advances the student life experience through activities and programming and integration with academics that support student health, physical fitness, counseling and ongoing wellness and prevention education, and addresses critical space needs related to recreation and student services as well as connecting to nature and the surrounding ecological assets.

A Center for Wellness for Body, Mind and Nature

Dignitaries cut the ribbon at the grand opening of Quinnipiac University's Recreation and Wellness Center
Enthusiasm, excitement mark grand opening of new Recreation and Wellness Center

January 27, 2023

With a ceremonial ribbon cut from oversized shears, Quinnipiac President Judy Olian and invited dignitaries officially marked the grand opening of the university’s completed Recreation and Wellness Center on Friday, January 27, ushering in a new era of health and wellness for students, faculty and staff.
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Join Us for a Fitness and Recreation Event

Dance Team Practice

January 28, 2023

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM (ET)

Recreation and Wellness Center RWA 203 Dance Studio

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Ugifit

January 29, 2023

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM (ET)

Rocky Top Student Center RTSC 333 Dance Studio C

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Yoga Instructor Workshop

January 29, 2023

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (ET)

Recreation and Wellness Center RWA 201 Breathing Room

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Yoga

January 29, 2023

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (ET)

Rocky Top Student Center RTSC 333 Dance Studio C

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Fusion Training

January 30, 2023

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (ET)

Recreation and Wellness Center RWA 218 Shared Conference Room

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Balletone

January 30, 2023

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (ET)

Recreation and Wellness Center RWA 203 Dance Studio

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Zumba

January 30, 2023

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM (ET)

Recreation and Wellness Center RWA 203 Dance Studio

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Yoga

January 30, 2023

5:15 PM - 6:15 PM (ET)

Recreation and Wellness Center RWA 201 Small Studio

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Barre Sculpt

January 30, 2023

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (ET)

Recreation and Wellness Center RWA 203 Dance Studio

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Bootcamp

January 30, 2023

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (ET)

Recreation and Wellness Center RWA 205 Medium Dance Studio

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Club W Volleyball Practice

January 30, 2023

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)

Recreation and Wellness Center RWA 145 Burt Kahn Court (AC 120)

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Yoga

January 30, 2023

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM (ET)

Recreation and Wellness Center RWA 201 Small Studio

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Club M Volleyball Practice

January 30, 2023

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM (ET)

Recreation and Wellness Center RWA 145 Burt Kahn Court (AC 120)

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Club M Basketball Practice

January 30, 2023

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM (ET)

Recreation and Wellness Center RWA 160-1 Recreation Center Court 1 (AC 150-1)

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Fusion Training

January 31, 2023

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (ET)

Recreation and Wellness Center RWA 218 Shared Conference Room

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Balletone

January 31, 2023

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (ET)

Recreation and Wellness Center RWA 203 Dance Studio

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Planning for your semster

January 31, 2023

5:15 PM - 6:15 PM (ET)

Recreation and Wellness Center RWA 218 Shared Conference Room

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Pumped Up Strength

January 31, 2023

5:15 PM - 6:15 PM (ET)

Recreation and Wellness Center RWA 205 Medium Dance Studio

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Yoga

January 31, 2023

5:15 PM - 6:15 PM (ET)

Recreation and Wellness Center RWA 201 Small Studio

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Zumba

January 31, 2023

7:15 PM - 8:15 PM (ET)

Recreation and Wellness Center RWA 203 Dance Studio

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Yoga

January 31, 2023

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM (ET)

Recreation and Wellness Center RWA 201 Small Studio

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Bootcamp

January 31, 2023

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM (ET)

Recreation and Wellness Center RWA 205 Medium Dance Studio

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Bootcamp

February 1, 2023

4:30 AM - 5:30 AM (ET)

Recreation and Wellness Center RWA 205 Medium Dance Studio

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Fusion Training

February 1, 2023

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (ET)

Recreation and Wellness Center RWA 218 Shared Conference Room

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Juggling Even When You Don't Know How

February 1, 2023

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM (ET)

Recreation and Wellness Center RWA 217 Student Activities

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Balletone

February 1, 2023

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (ET)

Recreation and Wellness Center RWA 203 Dance Studio

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Yoga

February 1, 2023

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM (ET)

Recreation and Wellness Center RWA 201 Small Studio

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Zumba

February 1, 2023

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (ET)

Recreation and Wellness Center RWA 203 Dance Studio

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Meditation

February 1, 2023

5:45 PM - 6:15 PM (ET)

Recreation and Wellness Center RWA 201 Small Studio

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Yoga

February 1, 2023

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (ET)

Rocky Top Student Center RTSC 333 Dance Studio C

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Designed for students — with extensive input by students

The multi-purpose facility will include 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, there will be benches, a firepit and other inviting spaces.

A Focus on Sustainability

Energy will be a big part of the Recreation and Wellness Center. It will be an environmentally responsible building designed to LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. To earn the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design designation, the building must be constructed with an eye toward global stewardship and preserving the planet.

In addition to the other amenities, Tami Reilly, director of fitness and well-being, said there will be a dedicated athletic training space for club sports, wide views of Sleeping Giant State Park and four fitness studios, including one with a retractable wall for outdoor workout opportunities. It’s all part of a broader commitment to healing and sustainability at Quinnipiac.

“Sustainability is part of well-being, too. This building — and it’s really much more than a building — will bring all of these holistic elements together,” Reilly said. “We’re giving our students what they deserve. They’re so driven to take care of themselves. They’re so driven to do well academically. They’re leaders in clubs and organizations. They have incredible GPAs. It’s often hard for them to find time for themselves. This new building will help them do that.”

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A Center for Wellness — For Body and Mind

The Recreation and Wellness Center, designed by DesignLab/S3, will make health and wellness a prominent feature of campus with the addition to the existing Athletic and Recreation Center on the west and south facades, a courtyard and terrace garden, and a new campus open space to the south.

The counseling center will provide welcoming spaces and broader access to clinical services and mental health care. Our state-licensed counselors are committed to supporting the intellectual, emotional and social development of all Quinnipiac students.

Bringing the Vision to Life

Sal Filardi, vice president for facilities and capital planning, is eager to get started on the project.

“It’s going to be a terrific facility for the whole well-being of our students and our community,” Filardi said. “It builds on the facility we currently have to make it more spacious and welcoming with lots of windows and light coming in. I’m really looking forward to it becoming a showcase facility.” 

Reimagining the Experience

2021 view of the wellness center before construction

Expanding our wellness footprint...

Building toward the future

The new Recreation and Wellness Center will be built on the university's Mount Carmel Campus.

Rendering of the future state of the wellness center

...and incorporating the natural environment

Space to learn and grow

The new center will be home to 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, there will be benches, a firepit and other inviting spaces.