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Fitness Center Receives Two Additional Awards

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The Charlean and Wayland Blood Fitness and Dance Center has received another architectural award and is slated to receive another construction award in December, bringing the total design and construction awards received to five since its dedication in 2006. On Friday, Nov. 9, in San Francisco, the facility received the National Award of Excellence from the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA). Earlier in the year the building was awarded SARA's New York Council Award of Excellence. In December, the center will be recognized by McGraw Hill Construction publications as the only facility included in the "Best of'07 Athletic Facilities" category.

The Chronicle of Higher Education "Campus Architecture" special section included the center in its February edition. In September, it was recognized with the New York Construction's Best of New York 2007 "Best Sports Facility" and also the "Award of Merit" in the restoration category.

Formerly the Saunders Hall of Chemistry, the building was renovated and expanded in 2005 and 2006. Butler Rogers Baskett and Barr and Barr Inc. were the architectural and construction firms respectively. Made possible through the generous gifts of David Blood and his wife Alison, the center houses a dance studio, room for aerobic/cardio training, space for resistance and weight-training, a multipurpose exercise room, a juice bar and a three-story climbing wall.

The state-of-the-art facility tripled the space available for fitness activities on a campus where approximately 75 percent of the student body -- and many members of the faculty and staff -- work out regularly.

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