uAlberta breaks ground for Physical Activity and Wellness Centre

November 6, 2012

On Monday, the University of Alberta kicked off construction of its new 111,000-square-foot Physical Activity and Wellness (PAW) Centre. When completed in fall 2014, the PAW Centre will be unique in Canada, featuring a 25,866-square-foot fitness centre, 7,503-square-foot climbing centre and 66-foot climbing wall, as well as a new and expanded Steadward Centre, student lounge, and gymnasium. uAlberta's physical education and recreation dean says the PAW Centre would not have been possible without the commitment from students, who are key partners in the $57-million project. The centre was approved through a 2010 referendum after students agreed to pledge $30 million through a non-instructional levy. An anonymous benefactor also donated $10 million to the project, and $4.5 million in provincial lottery grants will be dedicated to the PAW Centre, with additional funding coming from the institution, fundraising, and sponsorships. uAlberta News | Edmonton Journal