Auburn University Recreation and Wellness Center Topping Out Celebration
Robins Morton celebrated the topping out of the new Auburn University Recreation and Wellness Center on Wednesday September 5. The construction milestone marked the completion of the steel structure by ceremoniously raising the last beam into place by a crane. The steel beam, signed by Auburn University administrators, faculty, staff, students and construction workers, was adorned with an American flag and a genetic clone of Auburn University’s beloved Toomer’s Corner oak trees. The oak was used in place of the traditional evergreen tree, representing life and growth of the new building, and will be planted at the facility when the project is completed. Following the ceremony, the construction staff was treated to a catered barbecue lunch.
The $72 million state-of-the-art facility is on track to receive LEED® Silver certification and will feature a large cardio and weight room, a one-third mile indoor track, an outdoor leisure pool, a three-story rock-climbing wall, eight basketball courts, an indoor soccer field and a golf simulator, among other amenities. The 240,000-square-foot center, which is 2.5 times the size of the current recreation center, is scheduled to be completed in spring 2013.
“The topping out celebration is an exciting time for everyone at Auburn University,” saidJennifer Jarvis, director of Campus Recreation. “We’re thrilled to bring a premier recreation and wellness center to our students at Auburn University. This project could not be completed without the enormous coordination effort, support, and teamwork from Robins & Morton and all of the construction vendors involved.”
In addition to the Recreation and Wellness Center, Robins & Morton is managing construction on the $13 million facility for the College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology. The new building will offer nearly 58,000 square feet of research and office space for the department. Robins & Morton has also been selected as the construction manager for the Central Classroom facility project, which is scheduled to start in spring 2014.