Kardatzke Wellness Center

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 at the northeast end of the campus. The facility is the largest building project in the university’s 100-year history and includes approximately $600,000 of instructional athletic equipment addressing various areas of fitness and development.

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The Kardatzke Wellness Center opened in the fall of 2002 as part of Anderson University’s ongoing mission to foster the well-being of the mind, body, and spirit for AU’s students, faculty, and staff. In this building, students train to be teachers, therapists, and fitness leaders. It is also home to intramural activities and offers opportunities for personal fitness in the weight room, swimming pool, and walking track.

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 several meeting facilities and a variety of specialized areas for human performance, sports medicine therapy, and rehabilitation.

The top level of the Kardatzke Wellness Center has the main reception area, which leads to central access for the existing O.C. Lewis Gymnasium, a comprehensive fitness evaluation area, faculty and staff offices, and a conference/meeting area.

The Wellness Center allows for additional programming in counseling, recreation, and popular intramural campus activities. Spiritual wellness is also a unique quality of the Kardatzke Wellness Center, and a Prayer Alcove is open to anyone seeking a quiet space for spiritual reflection. The center will focus on holistic approaches to health—specifically in the areas of recreation, evaluation, education, and human performance.

The state-of-the-art facility strategically brings together the departments of Athletics and Kinesiology with programs in Exercise Science, Athletic Training, Sports Recreational Leadership, Physical Education, and Health. In addition, the center houses the Athletic departments for AU’s 20 varsity sports teams for men and women.