Wellness and Recreation Center

Wellness and Recreation Center

Since 1961, the Carmichael Gymnasium has met the recreation, fitness, physical education and wellness needs of the Wolfpack community. This storied space has evolved with an expansion in 1987 (Carmichael Gym West), the Recreation Center in 2007, renovation of locker rooms and fitness areas in 2016 and most recently the 2020 Wellness and Recreation Center that connects the facilities together.

Wellness and Recreation Center

More than a Gym

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Project Information


September 2015Student leaders, Wellness and Recreation staff and University administrators worked collaboratively to examine, debate and recommend the best approach to proceed with the project and related indebtedness fee.
September 30, 2015Student Government passed a resolution to support the indebtedness fee of $92.50 ($47.50 increase) to fund the 82,823 sq. ft. project.
October 13, 2015Student Government and Wellness and Recreation leaders presented the project to the Fee Review Committee. Fee Review Committee unanimously voted to approve the project as proposed by the Student Senate resolution.
November 12, 2015Chancellor Woodson and Fee Review Committee recommendation presented to NC State Board of Trustees University Affairs Committee for consideration.
November 13, 2015NC State Board of Trustees unanimously approved the project and made recommendations to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors (BOG) for consideration.
January 21, 2016Chancellor Woodson presented the project to BOG Committee on Budget and Finance.
April 15, 2016Board of Governors approves the project and votes on Tuition and Fees for the 2016-17 year.
July 2016State budget approved.
August – September 2016Architect selection process.
October 2016CRA Architects and HOK Architects selected to lead design of project.
Fall 2016 – Fall 2017Design
June 2018 – Summer 2020Construction
Fall 2020Facility Open

Frequently Asked Questions

Project Stories

  • Wide Open Spaces

    December 17, 2020

    The university’s massive new Wellness and Recreation Center offers the campus community a next-level experience — even during the pandemic.

  • Same Campus, New Look

    June 25, 2020

    Capital improvement projects are making progress, and employees will see some changes when they return to work.

  • Mind and Body

    October 29, 2019

    Learn about a key feature of the Wellness and Recreation Center-- the new Mind Body Studio