SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -Seton Hall Athletics is pleased to formally announce that construction will soon begin on a new fitness center and varsity athletic training room, two major capital facilities projects designed to enhance the physical fitness experience of both the general student body and Seton Hall's student-athletes.
With construction expected to last one year, the new fitness center will provide a wide range of state-of-the-art exercise opportunities for students, faculty, staff and Richie Regan Athletics & Recreation Center members. The Recreation Center will remain open during construction and there will still be access to the current student fitness center and accompanying facilities.
The defining visual feature to the building's exterior will be a new rounded glass façade, which will provide an ample amount of natural light to illuminate the dual level workout facility in addition to allowing members to look out across Seton Drive onto Seton Hall's campus.
"The construction of this new, state-of-the art facility will significantly enhance the physical fitness capabilities for members of the Seton Hall community," said Director of Athletics Patrick Lyons. "This capital improvement is one of several facility upgrades that will greatly benefit our student-athletes and the general student body at large."
The two-tiered fitness center will offer both expanded fitness options and programming in addition to a larger space dedicated solely to the SHU community. Brand new cardio equipment will be available on both the first and second floor of the facility and will include treadmills, elliptical machines and stationary bikes, each equipped with individual viewing screens. All of the cardio stations will face out toward the exterior glass wall.
The first floor will also include circuit weight training equipment and a new reception and office area, designed to supplement the wide array of offerings on the second floor.
In addition to the second cardio room, the top floor will contain a space designed specifically for free weight training and a pair of large dance and fitness studio multi-purpose rooms, each slated to be larger than 1,100 square feet.
The renovations are not just limited to the brand new exercise space but also include upgrades to locker rooms, the field house floor and building infrastructure. Below the first floor cardio and weight training space will be new men's and women's locker rooms, which will continue feature direct access to the Arthur E. Imperattore Natatorium.
VARSITY TRAINING ROOM
While the new fitness center will benefit the entire Seton Hall student body, the new varsity training room will be exclusively for intercollegiate student-athletes.
"It is paramount that we provide our student-athletes as much assistance in the medical and athletic training fields as possible in order for them to compete on a level as high as the BIG EAST," Lyons said. "Rehabilitation and recovery are essential in the fostering of a student-athletes' career. With these enhancements, we're taking a major step in ensuring our student-athletes receive the best care. The training room project is one of several new capital projects we have planned in the next few years to give our student-athletes the best possible experience at Seton Hall."
The current training room will be expanded and receive a major makeover with the newest advancements in medicine and fitness technology. Three 14-foot in-ground Hydro Worx tubs will be installed to best serve the student-athletes' rehabilitation and recovery. Of these tubs, one is a "Polar Plunge" for cold therapy, one is a "Thermal Plunge," for heat therapy and the third includes a state-of-the-art underwater treadmill. The third tub operates with variable water depths and includes a video system to monitor the student-athlete's progress on the treadmill both above and beneath the water line.
The training room will be adorned with Seton Hall's marks and also includes new treatment areas, tables and taping stations. It will also include an on-sight office for the Pirates' physicians.