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UVI to Host Wellness Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

The University of the Virgin Islands will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the UVI St. Thomas campus' Wellness Center at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Sports and Fitness Center. The Wellness Center will be a 6,000 sq. ft. building constructed along the southwest side of the existing UVI Sports and Fitness Center. The building will include a state-of-the-art dance studio and aerobics area with a wooden floor, a cardiovascular equipment area, a weightroom and locker-rooms. This first-class facility will provide a place for students, faculty, staff and alumni to work out. The project is estimated to cost $2.1 million. The DeJongh Group will provide architectural and engineering services.

The Wellness Center supports UVI's strategic plan VISION 2012 by creating a student-centered environment, benefiting the health and welfare of the UVI family and the wider community, and making UVI more competitive in recruiting and retaining students. The Wellness Center is expected to be financially self-sustaining within three to five years after opening.

The public is invited to join UVI President Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster, Athletic Director Peter Sauer and members of the UVI Board of Trustees at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus for this special event.