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Bowdoin building center adjacent to gym

An architect says an addition to Bowdoin’s Morrell Gym will serve as a “literal and figurative lantern” attracting patrons of fitness, health and wellness programs. (Bowdoin photo)
Jun 3, 2008 1:13:19 AM

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Bowdoin expects to begin work this month on a $14.75 million addition to its Morrell Gym that will serve as a center for fitness, health and wellness programs.

The four-level, glass-sheathed structure is described by the project’s architect as a “literal and figurative lantern” for the campus community that also will feature an energy-efficient design consistent with Bowdoin’s ongoing sustainability efforts.

The center will replace a structure currently housing athletics department offices, which will be located on the second floor of the new structure, and is expected to be completed by August 2009. The project will put the entire athletics department under the same roof for the first time in a facility that provides meeting rooms, lounge areas and two multipurpose rooms.

It also will add a large skylight to the Morrell Gym lobby, while providing direct access to the college’s Sargent Gym and David Saul Smith Union.

The center’s two fitness floors will nearly double the cardio equipment currently available on campus and also increase the availability of weight training exercise equipment.

The third floor will be devoted to college health-care services currently located in Bowdoin’s Dudley Coe Health Center, as well as wellness programs, including yoga, meditation, tai chi and other classes.

Morrell Gym will be closed this summer, but will reopen in September and continue to serve as a venue for volleyball and basketball.

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