Fueling Active and Healthy Lifestyles at Boston College

Boston College, Connell Recreation Center, Chestnut Hill, MA

The Connell Recreation Center is a game-changer for current and future Boston College students that “has already reshaped the look and feel of our campus and begun to redefine the culture of fitness and recreation of (our institution” explained Senior VP for University Advancement Jim Husson at the building’s dedication event.

A beacon and inspiring addition Boston College, the Connell Center houses a fitness center, rock-climbing wall, jogging track, aquatics center, basketball courts, indoor tennis, an elevated jogging track (perfect for Boston Marathon training) mind-body studio, group exercise rooms and fitness neighborhoods located throughout the facility.

Open less than a year, the 244,000 sf facility is already having an impact. Early data revealed a 25% increase in student recreation memberships and a 40% increase in activity and usage in the early weeks of the building’s opening semester. Campus Rec magazine profiled the dynamic project, celebrating its design, the teamwork that drove the project and its bold vision.

In the piece, Rebecca Cegledy, campus recreation diretor for BC noted, “this facility brings a new vibrancy to the part of lower campus it calls home.”