It is my pleasure to announce the location for the new Student Recreation Center! The new recreation center will be built on Hillside Road, on the site where the Connecticut Commons residence halls currently stand. The new 200,000 square foot facility will be a great addition to our campus and will feature a 20,000+ square foot Fitness Center, five full-size basketball courts, a running track, an aquatics center; including a 50 meter swimming pool, a wellness center, squash and racquetball courts, space for club sports and other flexible spaces to support UConn’s recreation programs and activities. The project also will include a multi-purpose outdoor recreation field to be constructed on parking Lot D, which is located off Alumni Drive. The University’s Master Plan intends to replace this parking elsewhere on campus. The Connecticut Commons residence halls are among the oldest on campus and will be demolished by the summer of 2017 to make way for the new Student Recreation Center. The opening of the new 727 bed STEM residence hall in the fall of 2016 will add a net of approximately 285 beds, meaning that the loss of Connecticut Commons’ beds can be absorbed on campus. Construction of the Student Recreation Center will begin in 2017, with the anticipated opening of the new facility in fall 2019. The fee for the Recreation Center will not be charged to students until the new building opens its doors.