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WKU celebrates Preston Center project

Red towels waved May 3 during WKU's celebration of the expansion and renovation of the Preston Health and Activities Center. (WKU photo by Bryan Lemon)

“Where the Student Body Develops” was the theme for Monday’s celebration of the expanded and renovated Raymond B. Preston Health and Activities Center.

When students see the Preston Center, they know “fitness, well-being and health are a significant part of the university experience,” said Howard Bailey, vice president of Student Affairs.

The $10 million project that included renovations to the Preston Center and the addition of a 14,000-square-foot state-of-the-art fitness center was completed this spring.

Steve Rey, director of Intramural-Recreational Sports, thanked those who have supported the Preston Center project. (WKU photo by Bryan Lemon)

President Gary Ransdell said the facility, built in 1992, is one of the cool factors that attract prospective students. “It’s become part of our fabric as an institution,” he said.

Dr. Ransdell thanked Kent Preston, who represented his family and the Preston Family Foundation, for supporting the facility and other initiatives at WKU. “We all owe a debt of gratitude to your family,” Dr. Ransdell said.

Kevin Smiley, Student Government Association president, said the expanded facility is a great addition to campus.

Steve Rey, director of Intramural-Recreational Sports, thanked WKU administrators, students, project managers, architects, contractors, patrons, professional staff and other employees for their support of the Preston Center project.

Todd Misener, assistant director of Health and Fitness, encouraged those who attended the May 3 celebration to check out the state-of-the-art equipment available in the new fitness center. (WKU photo by Bryan Lemon)

Renovations included upgrades to all mechanical, electrical and technological operating systems; upgrades to lights, sound and security systems; improvements of the natatorium, locker rooms, health and fitness lab, Intramural-Recreational Sports administrative offices, multipurpose room and dance studio; and new carpeting, painting, furniture, landscaping.

Todd Misener, assistant director of Health and Fitness, said the Preston Center staff members and student workers are dedicated to encouraging people to become healthier. “We are thrilled to see this space open,” he said.

Contact: Steve Rey, (270) 745-6060.

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