Wellness and Recreation Center

North campus aerial photo at twilight.

As the University at Buffalo seeks to advance the health and wellness of our students, faculty and staff we must create a unified approach to recreation, health and wellness.

The Next Chapter - Implementation

As the University at Buffalo seeks to advance the health and wellness of our students, faculty and staff we must create a unified approach to recreation, health and wellness. As we strive to meet not only the academic and research aspirations of students, but also provide access, opportunity and promotion of physical and mental health, the university must capitalize on the momentum and outcomes of the 2021 wellness and recreation master planning efforts. Many factors will determine the implementation of the wellness and recreation projects on North and South campus. Availability of funding sources, approval of final program requirements and the strategy for implementation are some factors to be considered. Strategic investment priorities and coordination with other aspects of the overall university master plan need to be affirmed.

As this project moves forward, we recommend an executive committee to convene and lead the next chapter of design and project implementation. This committee shall:

  • Make recommendations regarding concurrent vs phased design and construction
  • Solicit design firms (September 2021)
  • Begin design work (January 2022)
  • Bid construction (phased or concurrent for each campus)
  • Engage in broad based fee strategy, planning and consultation
  • Understand and identify legislative actions to bring project to successful conclusion
  • Oversee the work of subcommittees that include the scope of financial, program planning and integration, operations, communications, student advisory.
  • Recognize decanting of recreation, counseling, health services and health promotion and backfill or demolition planning that will compliment this planning process.

Executive Sponsors:

  • A. Scott Weber, Executive Vice President and Provost
  • Mark Alnutt, Vice President and Director of Athletics
  • Brian Hamluk, Vice President, Student Life
  • Laura Hubbard, Vice President, Finance and Administration

Executive Committee:

  • Christina Hernandez, Senior Associate VP Student Life, Chair
  • Beth Corry, Associate VP/Controller, Business Services Tonga Pham, Associate VP Facilities
  • Kelly Hayes McAlonie, Director Campus Planning
  • Kate Mckenna, Senior Director, University Communications

Subcommittees

Subcommittee participation shall be determined based on functional expertise, stakeholder status and cross-functional campus engagement. Subcommittee work shall focus as follows:

Financial Subcommittee: in support of the executive committee work to refine and update existing financial proforma, inclusive of advancement and corporate foundation resources, in support of debt service, staffing growth plans and operational considerations that will reside both in this cost center and centrally. Make recommendations regarding broad based fee student consultation process and campus level fees in support of the SUNY fee approval process.

  • Beth Corry, Business Services or designee Chair
  • Ashely Butcher, Financial Management
  • Ashley Bucholtz, Resource Planning
  • Beth Rogan, Student Life Administration and Planning
  • Katie Burd, Athletics
  • Tyler Bauer, Advancement Officer, Student Life
  • TBD Advancement, Major Gifts Officer
  • Student representatives, UG & Grad
  • Rose Hu, Clinical Assistant Professor, Accounting, SOM
  • Ashley Barr, Associate Professor, Sociology, CAS
  • Jennifer Winkius, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Computer Science, SEAS

Operations Subcommittee: in support of the executive committee, work to refine program integration in support of physical space design and operational excellence. Make staffing plan recommendations in support of scaled or new services. Coordinate with the consultants and recommend departments, services, and programs that will be the primary occupants of the Wellness Center. Discuss with occupants their physical space needs as well as the services/programs offered, preferred hours of operation, method of service/program delivery, customers/users. Engage with stakeholders, students and occupants for feedback. Review and discuss centrally supported services that need to be planned for in this newly created space, both indoor and outdoor. Make recommendations regarding design and operations that will enhance operational efficiencies and excellence.

  • Kelly Hayes McAlonie , Campus Planning, Chair
  • Sharon Mitchell, Student Wellness/Counseling
  • Campus Planning Designee
  • Sharon Sanford, Recreation, Division of Athletics
  • D’Ann Keller, Senior Women’s Administrator, Division of Athletics
  • Sue Snyder, Health Services
  • Marla Mcbride, Health Promotion
  • Campus Dining and Shops designee
  • UBIT designee
  • University Facility Operations designee
  • Sustainability designee
  • Students UG & Grad
  • Adam Graczyk, Clinical Assistant Professor, Community Health & Behavior, SPHHP
  • Heather Kerns, Clinical Instructor, Exercise & Nutrition Science, SPHHP
  • Prasad Balkundi, Associate Professor & Chair, Organization & HR, SOM
  • Matthew Bolton, Associate Professor, Industrial & Systems, SEAS

Communications Subcommittee: in support of the executive committee, work to promote, message and encourage campus stakeholder engagement into the planning and design process. Ensure campus stakeholders are informed of project progression while highlighting the outcomes and campus benefits associated with a holistic wellness student and campus experience. Triage and manage media inquiry regarding project. Support planned opportunities for student and campus feedback sessions. Make recommendations regarding environmental branding and wayfinding in and around space.

  • Kate Mckenna, University Communications, Chair
  • John Lambert or designee, Student Life Marketing and Communications
  • Nicole McDermott, Student Wellness Marketing and Communications
  • Ray Kohl, CDS Marketing and Communications
  • Student UG & Grad
  • McKenzie Vorpahl, Clinical Associate Professor, Communications CAS
  • Aaron Estes, Lecturer, Mechanical, SEAS
  • David Murray, Clinical Professor, Management Science, SOM

Student Advisory Subcommittee: in support of the executive committee work to represent the voice of the student stakeholders and provide feedback on space design, programming needs, operations of space. Work to share information collected from other student stakeholders not represented on committee and work collaboratively with communications committee and student governments to ensure dissemination of updated planning millstones.

  • Jude Butch, Student Engagement, Chair
  • UG & Grad students
  • Jessica Kruger, Clinical Assistant Professor & Director of Teaching and Innovation, SPHHP
  • John Roberts, Associate Professor, Psychology, CAS

Once charged the Executive Committee shall create a work plan with milestones for review and consideration of next steps, inclusive of recognizing the campus financial planning marker that will fund this work.