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Dedicated on December 12, 2012, Olivet Nazarene University’s Student Life and Recreation Center (SLRC), the newest building on campus, was designed from the start with energy saving features in mind.
Designed by Buchar, Mitchell, Bajt Architects Inc. in conjunction with Elara Engineering, the new facility features an advanced geothermal heating and cooling system, a heat recovery ventilation system in the field house and an outdoor based dehumidification system for the aquatic center, among other cutting- edge systems.
The TMI Salt Pure® systems mesh perfectly with all the other systems, giving focus to the ideals of efficiency and sustainability. The SLRC has a reduced impact on the environment by reducing the number of hazardous chemicals onsite, producing natural chlorine out of simple salt water and reducing Olivet’s reliance on trucked-in chemicals.
The mission of the SLRC is to promote community life, student relationships, health, fitness and fun. The new 168,000-square-foot multi-use facility features a 72,000-square-foot field house, 200-meter running track, four-story climbing wall, workout facilities, large game area and several classrooms. One of the biggest attractions is the aquatic center, which includes the following:
• 346,000-gallon, 10-lane competition pool with a constant depth of 2 meters
• 50,000-gallon resistance pool
• 2,200-gallon, 10-seat whirlpool
The SLRC also enhances the level of competition for Tiger Athletics, most significantly affecting men’s and women’s track and field and men’s and women’s swimming. The aquatic center featuring the TMI Salt Pure® systems is an asset to the swim team and aided in the successful completion of the team’s inaugural year, which ended with three individual national championships and 21 NAIA All-American athletes.
Olivet Nazarene University is an accredited Christian, liberal arts university founded in 1907 that offers more than 100 areas of undergraduate and graduate study, including the Doctor of Education in ethical leadership. Olivet has one main campus in Bourbonnais, Ill. — just 50 miles south of Chicago; three additional sites: Rolling Meadows and Oak Brook, Ill., and Hong Kong; and more than 100 School of Graduate and Continuing Studies learning locations throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest. From Oxford to Tokyo, hundreds of Olivet students also experience the global classroom each year, whether through study abroad opportunities or worldwide mission trips.
Update: As of October 10th, 2013, the Student Life and Recreation Center was officially named the “Douglas E. Perry Student Life and Recreation Center.” Read more here!