PEAP Facility Update

Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: February 07, 2012

Steps are already progressing in the construction of the new Physical Education building for the Department of Health & Kinesiology.

The new building will be constructed near the corner of Penberthy Road and John Kimbrough Boulevard. The PEAP Building will house 12 badminton courts, six volleyball courts, four basketball courts, three weight rooms and four special use rooms. Other features includes rooms for fencing, gymnastics, self-defense, dance, yoga and Pilates, sports conditioning and boot camp activities. Offices for faculty and graduate students in PEAP will also reside there. The 115,000 square foot facility is scheduled to be complete by July 2013.

Approximately 25,000 students currently receive instruction each semester through the PEAP, and thousands of additional students utilize the current facilities for recreational activities before and after scheduled classes. An even greater student use is expected with the new facility.

The Department of Health & Kinesiology Department is currently housed in the Read Building, which is beneath the east stands of Kyle Field, and in G. Rollie White Coliseum. The department shares some facilities with Recreational Sports and the Athletic Department, and that partnership will continue when the new facility opens.  

Most of the activities for which G. Rollie White was built — varsity basketball games, commencement exercises and other specials events — were moved several years ago to 12,500-seat Reed Arena on the West Campus. Likewise, many of the activities formerly conducted at the Read Building are offered — and with more and better accommodations — at the Student Recreation Center, which is also on the West Campus. Given its heavy use, maintenance concerns and impact on the egress of fans from Kyle Field, university officials have determined that it would be more cost-effective to replace the Read Building with the new facility.  This summer, faculty and staff from HLKN will be moving into areas in the Blocker building and Heldenfels building on main campus.

Aside from office space, the main current use of G. Rollie White has been to provide temporary space for the MSC Bookstore, which was moved to the coliseum while the Memorial Student Center is being expanded and renovated. That work is scheduled to be completed in time for formal reopening on the day of Muster, April 21, 2012. The bookstore will then move back to expanded facilities in the MSC.

University officials are evaluating the longevity and use of both the Read Building and G. Rollie White Coliseum as part of ongoing discussions regarding the future renovation and expansion of Kyle Field.

For more pictures of the facility, please visit our Facebook page.

(Note: Pictures of new building are conceptual drawings only)