Opened in the summer of 2000, the complex features an exercise physiology suite, three classrooms wired for computer technology, a conference center, a wellness/fitness center, team rooms and administrative office area. The multi-purpose arena includes a competition basketball-volleyball court and three additional modules for classes, intramurals, athletic team practices/ events and numerous other functions. The entire complex totals more than 145,000 square feet (13,500 m2). The project involved the connection of two buildings, Blatnik and Bartell Halls, and the construction of a new state-of-the-art 27,000-square-foot (2,500 m2) multi-purpose arena.
The Blatnik building is now the Blatnik “Wing” and is named for Dr. Albert Blatnik, long-time coach, director of athletics, and chairperson of the Department of Physical Education. This area consists of a recently-renovated gymnasium, four classrooms, numerous offices, a four-lane swimming pool and a wrestling practice room. The Bartell “Wing,” named for Dr. Joseph Bartell, former dean, athletic director and multi-sport coach, houses four racquetball courts, three classrooms, locker rooms, a training room, an athletic weight room, a wellness center, offices, and connects with the arena.
Exercise Physiology Lab
Located in Main Hall, the Exercise Physiology Lab is a large, open lab space that gives students access to the tools and instruments that exercise physiologists use to assess health, physical fitness, and performance. All of our equipment is available for students to practice and for research projects. Equipment includes a metabolic cart, treadmills, cycle ergometers, a rower, free weights, bench, squat rack, electrocardiography machines, skinfold calipers, bioelectrical impedance analyzers, sit-and-reach boxes, heart rate monitors, and more.