Office of Public Relations
Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
285 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940
Fitness Center Opens
High Priority for the Campus
Teaneck, NJ (January 16, 2003) – On January 16, 2003, a new fitness center opened on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, NJ. The 19, 500 square-foot facility will have a major impact on the quality of life on the campus. It is a renovation and expansion of the campus’ original gymnasium and the original brick façade has been retained.
Inside, students will enjoy a large central court for pick-up basketball and volleyball games. For fitness and health, there are a series of rooms with specialized equipment, including a free-weight room, a Selectorized weight room, an area devoted to cardiovascular exercise equipment, and an aerobics and dance studio.
A spacious Commuter Lounge occupies one entire end of the building. It’s location, adjacent to the North Parking Lot campus entrance, is ideal for use by the commuter population.
The architects for the project were Perkins Eastman Architects, 115 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY; the contractor was Barr & Barr, 808 High Mountain Road, Franklin Lakes, NJ.
Through focus and user groups, a fitness center emerged as a high priority for the Metropolitan Campus – and an upgraded commuter lounge was also key element on the wish list. To ensure the facility will meet the needs of students, Scott Fisher has been named as director of the Center. He is a sports physiologist and nutritionist with experience in building award-winning wellness/fitness programs.
Authorized by the University’s Board of Trustees one year ago, the Center is one of four building projects at Fairleigh Dickinson. On the Metropolitan Campus, the fitness center is now complete and a new residence hall is under construction.
In Madison, NJ, at the College at Florham Campus, the Student Center is under-going a major expansion and new residence hall is being constructed.
In addition to the new buildings, the Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck is investing heavily to renovate existing residence halls and has already expanded its student dining facilities. Extensive improvements have been made to Robison Hall, including renovation of the space housing the University’s program for students with learning disabilities and other student academic support services.
In keeping with the master plan for the campus (which calls for more green spaces) the center of the campus has been opened up with the demolition of several old structures. A new pedestrian thoroughfare was created and on 9/11/02, a Peace Plaza with a Peace Pole was dedicated in the new courtyard.
University President J. Michael Adams said "These exciting plans reflect our commitment to the quality of life on our campuses. We are fulfilling our responsibility to our students by developing the very best atmosphere for learning – both in and out of the classroom.
"This investment in bricks and mortar parallels the continuing upgrade of our digital environment. These projects demonstrate Fairleigh Dickinson University’s commitment to ensuring an attractive and exciting place for students, faculty and staff to study, work and live."