Penn State Behrend will begin construction on a new fitness and recreation center on campus in the summer.

University board of trustees approved the final plans and funding for the $ 28.2 million project on July 15.

The building will replace Erie Hall, built seven decades ago as a recreation and event site.

Behrend students have identified a new fitness and recreation facility as a top priority for the fee that students are given, which is a voluntary fee that gives them a voice in how money is spent.

“The students decided that a new recreational facility should be our top priority to use that money in accordance with the campus master plan and priorities,” Miller said.

About 40% of the cost of the project will be covered by the student fee.

It is the performance of a $ 28.2 million fitness and entertainment center to be built in Penn State Behrend.

The new 52,700-square-foot fitness and recreation center will include a three-story gym for basketball, volleyball and other sports, including floor hockey.

In addition, equipment for cardio, strength and kinetic training will be included for various physical levels and space for individual and group workouts and yoga, Pilates and other fitness classes.

Students have limited access to the fitness and leisure facilities at the Junker Center in Behrend, said Ken Miller, the university’s director general of administration and student affairs.