In preparation for construction of the new Worcester State University Wellness Center in 2015, the university and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management, on behalf of the university, issued a request for proposals (RFP) to seek off-site parking alternatives for the university community. The university is committed to securing safe and convenient parking to be accompanied by a shuttle service to and from the campus. The university is currently investigating options for the spring semester and is involved in negotiations. An announcement will be made in the near future. Long term plans for off campus parking are currently being researched with the help from state and local officials and are intended to be in place for fall 2013. We will provide a status update to the university community by November 1, 2012.
The new 100,000 square foot Wellness Center will replace the existing gym building and feature athletic space, instructional space, studio space, and community space. Our student athletes and the general student population will benefit greatly from this new facility. Not only will it support our educational programs, athletic programs and student fitness, it will be a terrific community resource. The current gymnasium was built in 1958 and was meant to serve just 400 students. Worcester State’s current enrollment is more than 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
We understand that the construction period will present a temporary inconvenience, but will result in a much improved campus experience for all. The patience and understanding of our students faculty and staff is much appreciated and we will provide construction and parking updates to the university community as soon as information becomes available and post it at www.worcester.edu/construction.