By Alex Lupul
For Brock University, their April 8 open house is their chance to show thousands of potential students what the institution has to offer.
With the announcement of an expansion to their fitness centre, which will open in the fall of 2020, Brock feels that it’s also an opportunity to showcase their commitment to providing the best student experience.
“Our gym is extremely small and future students are walking into it and have to consider what other schools have,” said Brian Hutchings, Vice-President, Administration. “It will be a huge competitive advantage to be on the same level as the other schools.”
Following a referendum, where 77.2 per cent of students voted in favour, plans are moving forward with the $7 million expansion.
As a result, their fitness centre will more than triple in size, expanding from 4,300 square feet to 15,000 square feet.
The project will be funded through a $17-per-credit fee for undergraduate students for a five-year period, starting in 2020. After those five years, once the initial construction costs are paid for, students would then be charged a $1.25-per-credit fee to cover maintenance and operation costs.
If all goes according to plan, construction will likely begin in early to mid 2019 and will take about a year to complete.
Brock University Student Union President Faisal Hejazi, who made the Zone expansion one of his main election platforms last year, couldn’t be happier about the result.
“It’s definitely a huge sense of relief. I was more anxious about this referendum than I was about my own election for president,” said Hejazi. “This is about providing future generations with something that will positively affect their mental health and overall Brock experience.”