Health & Wellness Center

HWC lobby

Health & Wellness Center

In 2017, SPSCC students voted to create a Health and Wellness Center at the college's Olympia Campus, funded by student fees. Construction is now under way on the project, which is expected to be complete in summer 2020.

The project is designed by KMB Architects with construction by Pease Construction.

Benefits to Students

The space will provide a number of benefits to students, especially on the south end of the Olympia Campus, including:

  • A renovated gymnasium and a new auxiliary gymnasium;
  • Expanded weight room and cardio room options;
  • An additional coffee shop;
  • Additional study spaces;
  • Enhanced variety of physical education course options; and
  • The ability to expand study activities, recreational sports programs, intramurals, and club sports programs.

Construction Updates

HWC weight room

HWC front entry

ASB Student Initiative & Referendum

In 2015, the ASB Student Senate formed a sub-committee taskforce to research student needs in a comprehensive health and wellness space. This taskforce conducted multiple campus visits to compile a master list of potential opportunities in such spaces, and areas that the current facility does not currently allow for.

The ASB Student Senate conducted a student survey in 2016 to evaluate the priorities of student needs and wants. Survey data was compiled and reviewed to finalize the top priorities for the space. The Senate worked collaboratively with a design committee to draft the floor plan options and establish the concept that would be voted on, with an estimated construction completion date in Summer 2020.

Students were encouraged to vote on the referendum to assess a student fee that will allow for the facility to be expanded and enhanced for student use. After a week of online polling, April 24-28, 2017, the Senate announced that students voted to pass the Health and Wellness Center initiative with a 64 percent approval rating, including 583 votes in favor and 335 votes in opposition. At least 10 percent of students were required to participate to validate the election, and nearly a quarter of students did so, according to ASB President Jess Wilkins.

The proposal was reviewed May 9 by the Board of Trustees. Upon Board approval, the design phase began January 2018 with estimated completion in summer 2020.

The referendum approved to assess students a $4.10 per credit fee, effective fall quarter 2017. This fee is in addition to the current $1.90 per credit building fee, see Tuition and Fees.

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