Facility Master Plan

Rendering of Carmichael Wellness and Recreation Center

The Future of Wellness and Recreation at NC State

We created this page to give you the most accurate and up-to-date information about the Recreational Sports Master Plan, which is a plan to expand the amount of fitness and wellness space at NC State to better meet the needs and demands of the campus community.

In the fall of 2010, NC State engaged a team of strategic facility planners and architects to guide the University’s development of a Recreational Sports Master Plan to assess and address the demand for indoor and outdoor recreation space over the next 20 years. The planning process resulted in an implementation strategy that maximizes the use of the University’s existing facilities before recommending new space be constructed. We collected data via strategic asset valuation, focus groups with students, faculty, staff and affiliates; competitive context analysis; web-based survey; and demand projections. In 2014, a Financial Analysis and Capital Improvement Plan was completed to revise financial assumptions and refresh the prioritization of the previously identified capital projects and adjust for NC State’s future debt capacity outlook and the University Physical Master Plan. The current Rec Sports Master Plan includes eight projects with comprehensive financial modeling.


Rec Sports Master Plan Projects

Current Master Plan ProjectsProjected Completion
Gym Entrance and Fitness Center Renovation Completed 2012
Locker Room Renovation and Fitness Center ExpansionCompleted Spring 2016
Wellness and Recreation CenterCompleted Fall 2020
Lower Miller Turf & Field House TBD
Centennial Campus Recreation Center TBD
Centennial Campus Recreation Fields TBD
Rec Fields at Varsity Drive TBD
Centennial Campus Boathouse TBD

Wellness and Recreation Impact and Carmichael Usage at a Glance

  • 15,328 unique students used recreation programs and facilities in 2020-21
  • 291,475 visits to Carmichael in 2020-21
  • 82 percent of undergraduates and 55 percent of graduate students use the complex annually
  • Studies continue to show participation in university recreation and wellness centers are linked to student success, satisfaction, recruitment and retention
  • Wellness and Recreation will continue to play an important role in the health and wellness of students by reducing stress, anxiety and depression through physical activity and exercise
  • Employing more than 650 students, Wellness and Recreation is one of the largest employers of students on campus, with more than $1.4 million of student fees returned to students via wages annually

Master Plan Projects in the Press

The Technician, January 14, 2016 | Carmichael Gym renovations to open next Tuesday
The Technician, October 6, 2015 | Carmichael Gym fee doesn’t go the distance
The Technician, September 30, 2015 | Student Senate votes to add $47.50 fee for gym renovations
The Technician, September 29, 2015 | Carmichael gym fee to increase
The Technician, August 19, 2015 | Fear not gym bros — Carmichael still offers lots
The Technician, March 5, 2015 | Fee increase to fund 25 years of gym upgrades
The Technician, March 5, 2015 | A look at the fitness of the Pack