The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local News

January 5, 2011

Wellness center debuts

UPJ opens 40,000-square-foot, $9.7 million facility

— Students at Pitt-Johnstown now have a top-notch facility where they can work on their fitness and improve their overall well-being.

The 40,000-square-foot, $9.7 million Wellness Center had its official ribbon-cutting dedication ceremony Wednesday. University officials, students and community members were on hand to tour the facility.

“Our new Wellness Center will provide our students with much needed fitness and recreational space, and it will help to advance our efforts to create a healthier campus and promote a keener awareness of the interconnection between mind, body and spirt,” said UPJ President Jem Spectar.

Ground was broken for the center in November 2009, and it is linked to UPJ’s Sports Center and the adjoining Zamias Aquatic Center.

The center boasts a fully equipped cardiovascular area that features treadmills, ellipticals, upright and recumbent bikes and stairclimbers. There are two multipurpose courts for basketball and volleyball, and more than two dozen pieces of strength-training equipment.

It has a three-lane running track and a 1,000-square-foot professional dance studio.

A highlight of the center is the 30-foot climbing wall that can accommodate up to six climbers simultaneously.

The Wellness Center is part of the Healthy Campus Initiative, which was designed to address health and wellness issues using a multidimensional, comprehensive and holistic approach.

“The center is a place for students to get away from the stress of everyday life, regroup and get back in touch with themselves,” Spectar said.

Jena Pentz, a sophomore from Johnstown, said the center is a great addition to the campus and has something for everyone.

“It’s bigger than the old gym and more people can use this facility, so I’m excited for this opening,” she said.

Pentz is employed by the center and works at the climbing wall as a supervisor.

She added that the climbing wall has different levels and can be modified depending on skill level.

“It can be really challenging,” Pentz said.

For more information on the center, visit WellnessCenter.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • foust_25 Teen shot in Oakhurst

    A 16-year-old New Jersey boy was taken to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center on Thursday after being shot three times in the Oakhurst section of Johnstown.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Audit: City overspent by $700G in 2013

    Legacy costs contributed significantly to the city of Johnstown coming up $689,000 short in its core services funding during 2013.

    July 24, 2014

  • Kuzma, jonathan Guilty plea in hammer death

    The Johnstown man who authorities said killed his father with a hammer last year pleaded guilty Wednesday to criminal homicide, authorities said.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • quecreek rescue Events to mark anniversary of Quecreek rescue

    When word spread that nine Quecreek miners were trapped underground in July 2002, Bill Arnold’s dairy farm quickly became the rescue effort’s ground zero.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Huger, Stephen Accused Hornerstown shooter will stand trial

    A Johnstown man will stand trial in connection with a July 12 shooting in the Hornerstown section of the city.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tribune Treasure!

    July 24, 2014

  • Board names Zahorchak’s successor

    The Greater Johnstown school board at a special meeting Thursday named a superintendent to replace the retiring superintendent, rehired its last business manager and approved other administrative appointments.

    July 24, 2014

  • Pasquerilla, Mark Pasquerilla recognized as arts patron

    First lady Susan Corbett announced Thursday from the Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana, Pa., that Mark Pasquerilla of Johnstown has earned the Patron Award from the 2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ebensburg gets ready to party

    Party down with a shutdown.
    Downtown Shutdown, a street party featuring music and food, will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday in downtown Ebensburg.

    July 24, 2014

  • ROTARY Local Rotary Club earns recognition

    The Rotary Club of Johnstown was named Outstanding Large Club of the Year in District 7330, which serves 42 Rotary Clubs in seven counties in southwest Pennsylvania, at the Rotary District 7330 and District 7300 Joint Conference that was held June 26 through 29 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo


What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

     View Results
House Ads