Fun Facts about the New Facilities!


The Aquatics and Fitness Center


  • is 94,000 sq ft and covers 7.5 acres 
  • has the largest hybrid solar-powered electrical and heating system in the United States, first ever at a university and is on target for LEED Gold certification 
  • has a total occupancy of 1800 
  • if stood on end, is as tall as the Westin in downtown Providence

The Nelson Fitness Center

  • has over 4000 square feet of dance and fitness class space 
  • has 10 locker rooms with 280 individual lockers 
  • gives a new home to the cupola and clock tower that once sat atop Marvel Gymnasium

The Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center

  • has a pool larger than a standard Olympic pool 
  • has a pool is lined with 1 million tiles and holds over 1 million gallons of water 
  • has a pool is wakeless - a diver can hit the water at one end of the pool without creating a wave anywhere else 
  • has a pool is heated by solar panels on the roof 
  • has a state-of-the-art scoreboard and integrated sound system 
  • can accommodate 400 spectators

The Garonzik Fitness Area

  • has 185 pieces of state-of-the-art exercise equipment 
  • includes exercise machines virtually with individual touch screens that can receive cable TV and the internet 
  • has arched windows that give maximum natural light to the 10,000 square feet of space

The David J. Zucconi '55 Varsity Strength and Conditioning Center

  • accommodates student athletes for 37 varsity sport teams 
  • was built with an indoor turf area for warm-ups, pushing sleds and agility training 
  • has 18 multifunctional weight racks and 8 pull-down and glute-ham machines 
  • has over 4oo pieces of floor equipment, including 3oo dumbbells

The Ittleson Quadrangle

  • replaces a paved parking lot with an appealing new green space 
  • was designed without any barriers on the green to create an open, accident-free recreation space 
  • connects the legacy facilities with the new building, creating a more unified complex