‘Topping-out’ ceremony planned for CSUB Student Recreation Center

June 2, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu
CSUB Student Recreation Center Photo

Construction of the Student Recreation Center at California State University, Bakersfield will reach a milestone on Wednesday, June 4 with a topping-out ceremony slated for 12:30 p.m. near the northwest corner of the construction site. The event signals that the building has reached its pinnacle.

Representatives of S.C. Anderson, the general contractor, and the university will gather for the short ceremony. Students, construction representatives and the campus community will then have the opportunity to leave their mark on the building by signing an interior wall beam.

"The topping-out is a significant benchmark toward building's completion," said CSUB President Horace Mitchell. "The recreation center is an exciting addition to our campus and demonstrates a commitment by our students to the university's growth."

Located just south of the Student Union, the 75,130 square-foot, $21.7 million facility is being funded entirely by CSUB students who voted in 2005 to increase their activities fees to make the project possible. The facility is scheduled to open in the fall.

Eddy Lee, a CSUB junior, said, "I can't wait for the SRC to open - students need a place to take their minds away from school, to wind down after a long day, and have a positive way to release stress."

The center's lower level will feature three regulation-sized basketball courts, a specialized fitness area with a variety of exercise equipment, a yoga and martial-arts training area, and aerobics exercise area, and a rock-climbing wall. The upper level will have a weight training area, exercise and fitness area, and a suspended jogging track.

Contact Mark Harriman, the center's director, at 654-2635 for additional information.