The $6–$6.8-million expansion of The Zone has begun, along with the disruptions on campus to be expected. It will reopen on September 9, though construction will continue.
The Zone expansion was approved after 77.2 per cent of students voted in favour of the gym expansion in the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) March referendum.
“The current Zone fitness facility has been identified to be the smallest in Ontario (4,300 square feet). Given that the research indicates that there is a direct positive correlation between physical activity and increased mental well-being, the current 0.23 square feet of space per student stands to be overwhelmingly insufficient,” said BUSU Vice President, External Affairs Asad Jalib. “With the expansion, our students will have a 15,500 square foot, state-of-the-art fitness facility to support them in their health and wellness journeys.”
“I think Brock has a very competitive environment for people hitting the gym, and we need a larger space to accommodate everyone,” said Asad Jafri, a fourth year student in Business Administration. “People have been getting gym memberships elsewhere because Brock is so crowded.”
Though The Zone has been under construction, the Brock community has been able to conduct their workouts in the Leo LeBlanc Rowing Centre on a temporary basis.
The first phase of The Zone’s preliminary construction for the summer was planned to take place from August 6, 2019 to Aug. 30, 2019 but it is now extended until approximately Sep. 6. The construction crew is currently working on fixing the ceilings, with the addition of a second floor intended in the future. Ultimately, the project is intended to wrap up in the fall of 2020.