Hardin-Simmons University breaks ground on new fitness facility


ABILENE, Texas - Many gathered outside of Hardin-Simmons University Thursday for a groundbreaking for the school's new fitness center.

It will incorporate the 100-year-old Marston Gymnasium as part of a new 35,000-square-foot construction project.

The board of trustees approved a $7 million budget for the project.

Current plans for the new center include cardio and strength training areas, multi-sport courts, outdoor training areas, a multi-use athletics court with turf, conference rooms, locker rooms, and an outdoor gathering pavilion. The school tells us final floor plans have not been determined.

Demolition of the existing tennis courts should begin in coming weeks. The school estimates the project to be completed by early 2018.

We asked the school about who would be able to use the new facility - they tell us, initially, they will be for HSU students, faculty, and staff. The goal for the school is to find opportunities for sharing these facilities with broader groups of HSU alumni, friends, and other community groups.

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