ASU, YMCA break ground on new downtown recreation center

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The Y at ASU will give students at ASU's downtown campus a new place to workout. By Andrew Michalscheck The Y at ASU will give students at ASU's downtown campus a new place to workout. By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Students at Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus will soon have a new place to workout.

On Friday, ASU and the Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA broke ground on a new $25 million student recreation center.

ASU President Michael Crow and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton were among those present Friday morning for the ground breaking ceremony, which took place at Civic Space Park.

The five-story facility, which will be known as the Y at ASU, will span 64,000 square-feet. It will include a large gymnasium, a weight room, an indoor track, a student lounge, locker rooms, and a rooftop leisure pool.

The Exercise Nutrition & Wellness program lab facilities in ASU’s School of Nutrition and Health Promotion will also call the facility home.

The Y at ASU will also feature numerous energy-saving features, including a variable refrigerant flow air system, and natural day-lighting balanced with solar-heat shading.