On Wednesday, June 30, 2021, the UofM had the official ribbon cutting ceremony to open its newest building – the R. Brad Martin Student Wellness Center. The building is named for Brad Martin, an alumnus of the university (class of 1976). A businessman serving on many boards, he was chairman of Saks Inc. for more than twenty years. Martin served as interim president of the university during the 2013-2014 academic year (at no charge) and is currently a member of the UofM Board of Trustees. The center is part of a series of new developments across Southern Avenue on the UofM’s main campus. In earlier posts I have detailed the other two principal developments: the $18 million Hunter Harrison Memorial Bridge which provides a pedestrian viaduct across a set of railroad tracks and Southern Avenue, and a five-story $18.5 million parking garage. The new Martin Center sits to the east of these structures and is connected via a common plaza. The dual-purpose building houses academic offices, classrooms, and labs for the UofM’s College of Health Sciences. It also holds student recreation and fitness spaces including basketball courts, weight rooms, cardio fitness areas, an indoor track, and a new pool outside. In sum, the structure has some 74,000 square feet of space and cost around $31 million to build.
The first three photos below are of the north side of the building (Southern Avenue façade). You can see the southern side of the Hunter Harrison Memorial Bridge and the new parking garage in these as well (both of these structures opened in 2019).
This is the east façade/main entrance of the building and the plaza.
The first photo below shows the Tiger Food Lab, which is part of the Dietetics and Nutrition, Health and Wellness programs' work. The second is a photo taken just inside the main entrance. Behind the glass is a weight machine area and above is an area with treadmills, stair climbing machines, and elliptical machines. The third and fourth photos are of the the same hallway taken from opposite ends. It is the main walkway on the north side of the building. The windows look into the basketball courts; classrooms and labs are along the other wall. The wall color is the university's official secondary blue shade. The chairs, like the one seen in photo five, have that blue and the university's gray in stripes. The last photo is the basketball court which is on the first floor.
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