The project was supported by generous private donations from Bank of America and URI alumnus Michael Fascitelli ’78 and his wife, Beth. The Center is named in honor of Fascitelli’s late mother, Anna.
The University of Rhode Island’s new Fascitelli Fitness & Wellness Center is approaching completion following a nearly 7 year process of collecting data, selecting a site, and garnering support. Once completed, the new modernized facility will provide state-of-the-art fitness equipment and diverse program opportunities and services designed to promote the health and well-being of students, faculty and staff in a safe, inviting, environment. Not only will the new Center be a wonderful resource for the entire campus community but a great recruitment tool for prospective students and faculty. Most importantly, this center will provide students with high-quality recreation and fitness opportunities designed to promote physical and psychological well-being, which will not only supports their academic success, but will contribute to the development of healthy lifestyle habits.
The current scope involves renovations to the 29,618 square foot, former award-winning Roger Williams Dining Hall, originally constructed in 1969, into a 33,000 square foot full-service fitness and wellness center. The renovation will leave most of the original structure in place and will include 8,000 square feet of new construction to accommodate a street façade and main entrance. The increased space will help alleviate the functional shortcomings and over-crowding of existing fitness and wellness activity space. A significant design feature of the project is to restore the north landscape pedestrian corridor which will link Hope Commons to the Roger Williams Residence Hall Complex and the Mackal-Keaney-Tootell Complex. When the facility opens there will be over 60 new on-campus student employment opportunities for those interested in working in a fun, high energy, wellness orientated environment. The end result will be a vibrant, modern full-service, fitness and wellness facility in the heart of the Kingston Campus, with close access to both academic, residential, and other auxiliary enterprise facilities. Undoubtedly the Fascitelli Fitness & Wellness Center promises to be the new “social hub” on campus!
Fit, Fabulous, Fascitelli: 2013-2014 QuadAngles article on the new Fascitelli Fitness & Wellness Center
The Fascitelli Fitness and Wellness Center will feature the latest technology and have the capability of offering unique interactive fitness equipment and other facility amenities to enhance the user’s experience. Here is a list of some of the features:
- Cardio Theater© which allows for patrons to plug in headphones and listen to individually selected audiovisual entertainment chosen from 7 suspended TV’s that broadcast a variety of cable channels
- Equipment featuring embedded Personal Viewing Screens with integrated keyboard controls so patrons can experience full “virtual” reality programs that will keep them entertained and motivated while exercising
- High performance fitness AV equipment and speakers located in all three studios
- Cardio equipment that are connected via Internet and has interface compatibility with Apple/Android Smartphone, iPod / iPad, and personal MP3 players
- Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the facility
- Digital informational display sign featuring FourWinds
- Main “house” sound system with Sirius and public address system capabilities
- Security cameras, door management alarm system, and controlled card access door entry system into certain activity area
- Access controlled turnstile and swing gate at the Welcome Center
- High efficiency HVAC heating and air conditioning systems
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliant
The new center is ADA compliant and fully accessible creating a welcoming environment for everyone. Notable features include:
- Handicap parking adjacent to the facility
- Ground floor entry doors equipped with electric door openers
- Wheelchair access to both upper to lower levels via an elevator
- ADA resistance equipment and functional training areas
- Wheelchair accessible lavatories & showers facilities with recessed work surfaces
- Braille signs for visually impaired indicating rooms
Campus Recreation encourages and supports participation of individuals of all abilities in all programs and services.
The Fascitelli Fitness & Wellness Center is designed to meet or exceed LEED© “Silver” standards and reinforces the pledge made by the University to make sustainability one of the guiding initiatives at URI. Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design LEED©, a nationally accepted benchmark for design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, promotes the practices and principles of sustainability. Providing measurements for success, LEED© evaluates sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Reusable green materials used in the design of this facility includes: recycled materials collected during building demolition, bamboo wood flooring; recycled rubber floor; hydration stations; reused exterior brick from the existing building, power regeneration “green” elevator, usage of natural light; self-propelled battery operated cardio equipment; reused boulders from the Hillside Residential Dorm project to be incorporated into the landscaping; a water filtration system to disperse water back into the ground, high efficiency mechanical HVAC systems for heating and cooling and during the initial building demolition certain materials were collected to be re-cycled.
At the Fascitelli Fitness & Wellness Center, you may gain request access to the gender neutral shower room by submitted the above form. Once submitted, you will be notified when your I.D. has been activated.