New buildings open at UNCG for new semester

Zachary Weaver
    News Editor

Two new constructions, the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness and the Union Square Campus, have opened on UNCG campus prior to the Fall 2016 semester.

The Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness, located on W Gate City Blvd, opened officially on August 16 in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Aiming for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver status, the Kaplan facility features concepts of Universal Design, and is intended to be used by people of all ages and ability, according to the UNCG Recreation website.

Kaplan is also part of UNCG’s larger plan to foster growth along Greensboro’s W Gate City Blvd.

Fitness activities include workout machines, swimming pools, fitness spaces, and a climbing wall, among other activities. It also features social spaces with games for students, including shuffleboard, pool, ping pong, and video games.

“As soon as you walk in the door, you have access to everything – the pools, Outdoor Adventures programs and all other activity spaces,” stated UNCG Department of Recreation & Wellness Director Dr. Jill Beville. “That’s something we didn’t have in the other facility. We’re really excited about the variety of equipment, programing and educational opportunities that are going to be offered.”


Kaplan will house UNCG’s Department of Recreation & Wellness, which was formed from Campus Recreation and Wellness Center’s merging, putting UNCG in line with trends connecting the two fields. It will function as more than a fitness center, offering education on relationships, sexual violence, nutrition, and substance abuse, among many other topics.

“The Kaplan Center provides numerous spaces for students to engage in active, healthy behaviors,” stated Beville. “It is also a place to have fun, socialize and meet new people.  Research shows that when students are connected to campus through recreation and wellness programs, they’re more successful both inside and outside of the classroom.  We want to expose students to many activities to instill in them a passion for something active that they can do throughout their lives.”


The Center will operate on summer hours until August 18, from 6 AM to 8 PM Monday-Friday, and 10 AM-7 PM Saturday and Sunday. Students can begin to use the facilities beginning August 19.

“The Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness benefits our campus and community in multiple ways,” said Chancellor Franklin Gilliam Jr, as quoted in an August UNCG News & Features article. “In addition to promoting the health and well-being of our students, staff and faculty, this facility expands our capacity for state-of-the-art instruction and research and plays an important role in the development of Spartan Village along the Gate City Boulevard corridor.”

The first Union Square Campus building, located at 109 Gate City Blvd, opened on Friday, August 5 in its own ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Located at the corner of Arlington Street and Gate City Boulevard, the Campus will host UNCG’s Doctor of Nursing Program, and is expected to serve upwards of 160 students in the 2016-17 academic year. Future years expect to surpass 200 students.

Billed as a Greensboro symbol of revitalization and partnership, the facility has multiple classroom and lab spaces, a simulation lab, common study areas, and a 340-seat auditorium.

“Union Square Campus is a key initiative of Opportunity Greensboro, a working group of leaders from Greensboro businesses, foundations and higher education institutions,” a 2014 project summary read, “This national model of collaboration is identifying and acting on opportunities to transform our wealth of educational assets into economic success—creating for Greensboro a competitive advantage for business growth.”

The Campus will host programs including 2-year Associates Degree, GTCC’s Radiology program, RN to BSN and accelerated BSN programs, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and continuing education certificate programs, according to an April 2014 project summary. The courses will train nurse executives, practitioners, and certified anesthetists.

It will also offer health care and nursing education programs for Cone Health, NC A&T State, and Guilford Tech Community College.

Both facilities will be open for student usage at the start of the 2016-17 Academic Year.

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