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Oberlin College expands health center; addition to open Aug. 20

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    The Patricia ’63 & Merrill ’61 Shanks Health & Wellness Center at Oberlin College is pictured Thursday. An addition is scheduled to open Aug. 20.



OBERLIN — Oberlin College soon will welcome a new addition to its Health and Wellness Center for the campus and the community.

The Patricia ’63 & Merrill ’61 Shanks Health & Wellness Center, 200 Woodland Ave., is a 16,000-square-foot addition to the 115,000-square-foot Jess Philips Physical Education Center. The addition is scheduled to open Aug. 20.

Natalie Winkelfoos, Delta Lodge director of athletics and physical education and associate vice president for athletics advancement, said the addition was sought because more space was needed for physical education classes and community activities.

“What we’re proud of is that we have that space where we can educate,” she said.

The space also will add lounges and storage. In addition, the pool was renovated to be larger and deeper, she said.

The college has been discussing the expansion for nearly 10 years and started construction in November 2016. The addition cost between $12.5 million and $15 million, with a majority of the cost covered by donations, Winkelfoos said.

The facility will be free for students enrolled at the college and will require a membership fee for the public. Students can get free or low-cost programming, including things like instructor-guided spinning and yoga classes. Winkelfoos said dive-in movies, where people could come in and watch a movie in the pool, are being considered.

“We’re excited to open the doors, we’re excited to engage with students and staff and be the energy hub of the campus,” she said.

Contact Bruce Walton at 329-7123 or by email at Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or on Twitter @BruceWalton.
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