CMU details plan for new $105 million athletic facility for Oakland campus

PITTSBURGH — Carnegie Mellon University has the funding in place, a full design and a schedule in which to build what it is calling a new Health, Wellness and Athletic Center on a site at the southeast corner of its Oakland campus.

“We have been talking about this for quite some time,” said Bob Reppe, CMU’s director of planning and design, to a Zoom community meeting of the Oakland Planning and Development Corp. “One of the things we’re most excited about in this project is getting all these things under one roof.”

In a project that calls for a mix of renovation and new construction to replace what is now a mature gym and the established Thistle Hall, the development calls for a 160,000-square-foot performance gym with seats for 1,000 people as the major addition in a complex also to include facilities for counseling and psychological services, among others.

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