The former Housing and Food Services Building at Penn State Greater Allegheny received a new name and function: the Fitness and Cultural Center. The fitness center side was completed in 2005 but was closed for a short time as the building received its next phase of renovation on the cultural center side to the tune of $1.75 million.
The fitness center was enhanced with an exercise room for various activities such as yoga, Zumba, and Pilates classes, and male and female locker and shower rooms were added, each with a sauna. Group fitness classes and official hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Noon to 5:00 p.m. on weekends.
The cultural center side of the building houses a 640 square-foot open space that can accommodate theatre productions, coffeehouse activities, movie nights, dances, and other student activities. Next Architecture of Pittsburgh designed the cultural center.
The official ribbon cutting ceremony for the Fitness and Cultural Center was Thursday, August 26 at noon. Music was provided by "Good Brother Earl," a Pittsburgh-based rock, blues, country, and pop group. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette calls Good Brother Earl?s music ?a full-bodied Triple-A rock sound that can fall right into place between the Counting Crows, Dave Matthews and the Jayhawks.?