The Future of NC State Recreation & Wellness

Thanks to those who participated in the Carmichael Addition Visioning Sessions. Your feedback has been collected and shared with the architects. We expect to have the final report in April. Findings will be announced shortly thereafter.

Carmichael Addition Project Background Info

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 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 prior to recommending new space be constructed. The final product consists of several prioritized projects and a financial model for implementing these projects.

The next and final Carmichael facility project of the master plan is a $102.50 annual capital debt service fee ($2,938,000 per year for 25 years) to fund the $51 million Carmichael Addition Project.

This project will address several critical issues directly impacting NC State students. The East Wing of the Carmichael Complex will be replaced by a new addition that is intended to accomplish several goals:

  1. Connect Carmichael Gym to the Carmichael Recreation Center and create one primary entrance.
  2. Address more than $7.5 million of deferred maintenance projects identified in the 2009 Facility Condition Assessment Program report.
  3. Address several significant health, safety and code deficiencies of the entire complex that include but are not limited to replacing an outdated fire alarm system, adding a sprinkler system throughout the Carmichael Gymnasium, removing asbestos-containing materials throughout the complex, adding an elevator as the current facility is not accessible for individuals in wheelchairs and improving utility infrastructure.
  4. Provide much needed fitness space identified through the master planning process. Specific spaces include additional fitness centers (informal strength and conditioning), functional training space, performance studios specifically designed for TRX®, cycling, personal training and small group training and multipurpose spaces.
  5. Construct new state-of-the-art climbing wall dedicated for recreational use.
  6. Provide wellness space that includes an outreach center, multipurpose spaces and a wellness teaching kitchen. The facility will serve as a hub for University wellness collaborations, programming and outreach.

This capital debt service fee of $102.50 will begin at the same time the current $45 annual 2007 Carmichael Recreation Center indebtedness fee ends. The Recreation Center debt will be paid in full one year earlier than expected due to higher than projected FTEs over the life of the debt. The new fee was purposely planned to occur when the 2007 Carmichael Recreation Center indebtedness fee ended in an attempt to reduce the financial impact on students. If approved, students will notice an annual increase of $57.50 for Carmichael facility indebtedness beginning Fall 2016.

Given the age and condition of the Carmichael Gym, this debt service is absolutely necessary to keep the facility fully functioning and code compliant.

For additional information, please contact:

Eric Hawkes
Director, University Recreation
P: (919) 513-3895