The state-of-the-art Royce and Pam Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center is leaving stress in its wake as students begin to feel the strain of parking and navigating around the construction on campus.
The construction, which will last 18 months, currently covers three-fourths of the Gibson Health and P.E. Center and will soon block the entire perimeter. This creates multiple frustrations for many students who live off campus and normally park in the Gibson Center parking lot. It also affects students who live in A.B. Morris Hall and University Park.
Vanessa Whitt, senior graphic design major from Cebu, Philippines, lives in University Park Apartments and said she already has noticed differences in parking on her way to and from class.
“The parking lot in front of UP has always been full, and now it is even more full,” Whitt said.
Campus police sent an e-mail to students advising them to park in other lots, such as the lot north of Edwards Hall or ACU Drive between Elmer Gray Stadium and the Powell Fitness Center.
Jessica Williams, campus tour guide for ACU admissions and junior English major from Atlanta, said she believes the construction will impact the Bob and Shirley Hunter Welcome Center parking lot as well.
“I understand that the situation is necessary, but it is frustrating that there is no real alternative,” she said.
Students living in Morris Hall are required to walk around Moody Coliseum to get to buildings on the east side of campus like the Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building.
“It adds an extra five to 10 minutes to my walk to class,” said Meghan Morgan, sophomore advertising/public relations major from Grapevine.
Chris Shim, senior financial management major from Atlanta, is the Students’ Association representative for students who live off campus.
” I think some sort of compensation would be really cool,” Shim said. “In order for students who live off campus to park on campus they need a parking space, but now that parking space has been reduced, yet the price of parking would most likely will not.”
Despite the inconveniences, many students are looking forward to the results.
“We’re obviously excited about the recreation center,” Morgan said.Â “It’s really exciting as far as the future of ACU.”