The $17.4 million 132,000-square-foot Kardatzke Wellness Center provides programming for health, recreation, and wellness in all forms — spiritual, emotional, physical, and social. The Wellness Center is ADA accessible and connects the existing O.C. Lewis Gymnasium and Bennett Natatorium. The facility includes approximately $600,000 of instructional athletic equipment addressing various areas of fitness and development.
The Kardatzke Wellness Center fosters the well-being of the mind, body, and spirit for more than 2,600 students and 400 faculty and staff. The building serves academic purposes as well as students train to be teachers, therapists, and fitness leaders. It also hosts many of the university’s intramural activities during the school year.
The lower level of the Wellness Center features an open middle concourse allowing main access to the facility from the north and the south. On the west end of the lower level is a multipurpose fieldhouse offering four regulation basketball courts that provide and support the full range of educational instruction, a 200 meter regulation indoor running track, and access to Bennett Natatorium. Also located on the lower level of the center are a weight room, classrooms, a human performance lab, a sports medicine center, and a prayer alcove.
The top level provides a main reception area leading into central access for the existing O.C. Lewis Gymnasium, faculty and staff offices, a conferencing area, another track, and fitness center.
The state-of-the-art facility strategically brings together the departments of athletics and kinesiology with programs in exercise science, athletic training, physical education, and health. In addition, the center houses the athletic departments for 16 varsity sports teams for men and women.