The award is one of just three awards presented each year at the Annual State Construction Conference. Nominations are reviewed based on a variety of categories – including design innovations, energy efficiency, schedule and budget – and the winner is selected by the State Building Commission.
The Kaplan Center was also recognized by the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) as an “Outstanding Sports Facility” at the organization’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., earlier this year.
The Kaplan Center opened its doors last fall in conjunction with the merging of Campus Recreation and UNCG’s Wellness Center.
Named after local philanthropist Leonard J. Kaplan, whose wife, Tobee, made a generous $5 million gift in his honor, the Kaplan Center features 20,000 square feet of weight and cardio space, seven basketball courts and a 54-foot climbing wall, among other wellness spaces. Additionally, it offers seating areas and social spaces where students can take study breaks and play billiards, shuffleboard and table tennis.
To learn more about the Kaplan Center, visit recwell.uncg.edu/kaplan-center.
By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photograph by Martin W. Kane