Just ten months after breaking ground in August 2016, construction on Temple University’s new Health and Wellness Center is well under way. John Doman, Director of Campus Recreation at Temple, said the new center will have more amenities for students to use in addition to the IBC and TUFF recreation centers. According to Doman, one of the most ideal things about the new facility is the space for weight rooms available to students.
“We’re always looking to improve recreation facilities for students,” said Doman, “One of the areas that we found we were most lacking was the free weight space.”
While the new center is expected to provide students with more amenities, the noise associated with the construction is disrupting some students. Brooke Damore is a senior at Temple who lives across from the construction site on 16th Street. She said the construction impacts her daily routine.
“On a normal day, Monday through Friday, they usually start construction between six and eight in the morning,” Damore said, “I’m a late night person so I don’t go to bed until later to begin with and my classes aren’t until later in the day so it [the construction] wakes me up every morning.”
In response to noise complaints like Damore’s, the university issued a statement saying, “Temple University cares about the impact construction projects may have on nearby residents. We do our best to mitigate any issues and respond to concerns raised by community members who live near construction sites.”