Campus Rec Center holds ribbon cutting for new bathrooms
A rendering showing the new locker rooms at the UA Rec Center.
The University of Arizona’s Student Recreation Center had an official ribbon cutting ceremony to introduce the new, updated locker rooms on Thursday, Oct. 26.
With the Thursday opening, the locker rooms are ready and open to everyone. The project, started in Spring 2015, was undertaken to address many structural issues, as well as to accommodate all people.
Michele Schwitzky, interim director of the Rec Center, explained, “The number-one thing is it makes the Campus Rec much more inclusive for all students. Because of accessibility and all gender spaces, that’s what we’re most excited about.”
Josh Hamilton, assistant director of sports programs at the Rec Center, said his favorite part of the renovated locker rooms was the spacial aspect.
The locker rooms now include a lounge, called the “rec-oasis,” walk-in shower stalls, larger bathroom stalls and all-gender bathrooms and showers, which also include handicap stalls.
Schwitzky said the new features include 14 all-gender cabanas, hair dryers and shower stalls with more private amenities like a curtain, a door, a towel tracker and more.
Edgar Parra, a 2015 UA graduate of the College of Architecture and member of the design team for the Breckenridge Group, the architecture firm contracted to re-design the bathrooms, attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and was thanked for his hard work.
Parra touched on the fact that the locker rooms are well over 20 years old, having been built in 1990.The age of the locker rooms was part of the reason the team decided to renovate.
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