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Video comments from opening day
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Rec complex wows campus
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By Justin Phelps ’05

The wait was long but oh-so worth it.

Bradley University dedicated the Markin Family Student Recreation Center on October 23, 2008, marking a new era on campus with a state-of-the-art fitness facility.

"The Markin Family Student Recreation Center will change the face of our campus forever," University President Joanne Glasser told a crowd of hundreds at the ceremony. "It will give our students healthy options. It will become a hub for their recreational and social activities. And it will attract students from far and near."

The 130,000-square-foot facility is absolutely stunning. The Markin Center has almost four-times the space for exercise equipment than its predecessor, Haussler Hall, which was dedicated in 1976. It has an indoor pool, two racquetball courts, a rock climbing wall that stands 46 feet, a bouldering wall, a Multi-Activity Court (MAC court) — which has permanent dasher boards, rounded corners, and recessed goals — a 1/8-mile running/walking track, and a juice bar. It has four basketball courts for intramural and recreational games and a championship court, which seats about 300 and will be used for, among other things, hosting championship intramural events.

The facility boasts about 32,000 square feet of hardwood floor and 30,000 square feet of Mondo sports floor. More than 12,000 square feet of exterior glass provided natural light rarely found in Haussler Hall. Almost 700 lockers are scattered throughout the building.

David Markin '53, poses with members of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity at the Markin Center dedication. Markin is the only two-time recipient of the President's Award. A tribute video was produced when he received his second award in 2006. Watch>

It took more than 160,000 man hours to complete the building named after David Markin '53, who made an $8 million gift for the $25-million facility. Markin was the captain of the tennis team as a student and is the only two-time recipient of the President’s Award for leadership, service, and philanthropic support. A Bradley Centurion and 1999 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, he served on the Bradley Board of Trustees from 1992 to 2004.

"We share a passion for Bradley and its potential to do great things for our students," Glasser said of Markin. "We recognize that Bradley is on the cusp of becoming a great university in America, a university of national distinction. This marvelous center is a way to move Bradley down that path. It will make us competitive in attracting the best students in the land. Students have come to expect these kinds of recreational facilities, and now – thanks to the kindness of David Markin – Bradley will be providing what our students want – indeed what they should have."

President Glasser thanked Williams Brothers Construction, the contractor for the project, and architect PSA Dewberry. She also acknowledged Bradley’s facilities management team of Ron Doerzaph and Kim Green '96.