Plans are preliminary at this point, said Bob Sheeran, associate vice president for facility management, but construction is scheduled to start in May after classes conclude for the year and will continue through the summer months.
The space to the left of the main entrance, now used for athletic offices and academic advising, will be reconfigured as a new, expanded area for recreational sports. The new space will hold weight and cardiovascular machines such as treadmills and stair climbers, replacing the space on the second floor where the machines are now located.
The renovation will include new exercise equipment as well. Sheeran said the second floor area will continue to be used for fitness of some sort, such as a spinning room or an area for aerobics, but the details have not yet been decided.
The athletic offices for baseball, swimming and soccer, and academic advising, are to relocate out of the recreation center to the Schmidt Fieldhouse, Sheeran said. The renovation will not include any new construction or additions to the building.
The project was made possible in part by the $15 million sale, announced March 11, of WVXU 91.7 FM, the University’s long-held public radio station, to WGUC 90.9 FM, a Cincinnati classical music station. Most of the proceeds from the sale are to support the campaign to build the new Academic Quad on campus.
Sheeran said additional details of the O’Connor renovation will be available in a few weeks.