U Of Colorado Rec Center Remodel To Include Gender-Neutral Locker Rooms, Outdoor Pool

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Plans for the University of Colorado's $63 million remodel of its student Recreation Center include a gender-neutral locker room, an outdoor leisure pool and a multi-story weight room.

New design details have emerged this week as the university moves forward with the remodel that will increase space by 30 percent in CU's heavily used Rec Center. Up to 5,000 students use the center every day, according to the university.

Students last spring approved a fee hike for the remodel that will cost them up to $125 per semester and is scheduled to go into effect in fall 2013. Now, full-time students pay $740 in fees a year, including the $340 they pay in student government fees.

Those advocating for the remodel said CU needed the improvements to address nearly $25 million in a maintenance backlog and add extra space in the overcrowded building.

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