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Feb. 20, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Architectural magazine features Patterson Hall addition

Slippery Rock University’s $2.5-million addition to Patterson Hall will be featured in “Architecture Leaders Today” magazine. The article will be headlined “Additions and Renovations to the Wellness Center at Patterson Hall.”

The magazine, which features innovative projects that are a part of today’s international architecture dialogue, is focusing on the addition to Patterson that was completed earlier this year.

The 8,300-square-foot addition provided new classrooms, laboratory space and workout equipment for the department of exercise and rehabilitative sciences for use in exercise science classes. The first floor includes strength and fitness classrooms. The second floor is for group fitness instruction and includes high-tech laboratories.

In addition, students have access to new treadmills and elliptical machines, receive fitness instruction and save data on flash drives to track their progress.

The addition was the second time SRU has pumped new life in Patterson, which opened in 1958. In 2008, SRU converted the former residence hall into an academic building. The project expanded Patterson by 2,700 square feet. Replacing Patterson with a new building would have cost the University $16.4 million, said Herb Carlson, assistant vice president for construction design and management.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.