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Recreation, Retail Facilities Opening on Duquesne University Campus

Duquesne University opened its new, $35-million, 130,000-square-foot Power Center today, to enthusiastic response from students and staff who are able to use the three floors of fitness and recreation areas inside the complex seven days a week.

The building on Forbes Avenue also will provide amenities for the community, with a two-story Barnes & Noble at Duquesne and a café; The Red Ring, a non-franchised restaurant named for the recognizable ruby ring worn by Duquesne graduates; and a juice bar. The facility features a top-of-the-building ballroom offering spectacular panoramic, seldom-seen views of the city from 80 feet above Forbes Avenue.

“This development, the largest construction project on campus in more than a decade, represents our commitment to help revitalize the Uptown neighborhood as well as to serve our students, who deserve state-of-the-art facilities,” said President Charles J. Dougherty. “We are extremely proud of this complex, its recreation facilities for students and staff, its retail venues for the University and the larger community, and its technology-rich meeting space.”

The recreation facilities include two basketball/volleyball courts, a walking track, cardio equipment with personal TV viewing screens, a free weight room and racquetball courts. A gathering place for students, it also houses big-screen plasma TVs, lounges and multipurpose classrooms, as well as wireless and hard-wired Internet access.

On the fifth level, the ballroom can accommodate about 450 for dinner and about 700 for lectures. Insulated panels soundproof the ballroom and can be used to divide the area. Thanks to high-technology equipment, at the touch of a button, the lights will dim and screens will drop. A dance floor and portable stage are available. Duquesne’s Dining Services manages the full-service kitchen. This space will be available for University events and to Duquesne affiliates and alumni.

The entire building was planned with sensitivity toward environmental and energy issues, and was specifically developed to earn the Silver Certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

The complex is named for Duquesne’s first president and Spiritan father, the Rev. William Patrick Power, C.S.Sp. It connects to campus via the Sklar Skywalk, the highest pedestrian bridge in the city.

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