Marquette University to honor Michael and Amy Lovell in new wellness and recreation facility – Milwaukee Business Journal – The Business Journals

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Marquette University announced it would honor the family of the current university president by naming two floors of its upcoming wellness and recreation facility with the family in mind.
The Marquette University board of trustees said Wednesday the third and fourth floors of the planned Wellness and Recreation Center will be named the Lovell Center for Student Well-Being, honoring president Michael Lovell and his wife Amy Lovell.
The Jesuit university in Milwaukee announced in March it was planning to fully reimagine the existing Helfaer Tennis Stadium and Recreation Center at 525 N. 16th St. on the southwestern edge of campus as a comprehensive wellness and recreation facility. Marquette said the facility combines fitness and recreation facilities with the campus counseling center and the Marquette University Medical Clinic that currently are dispersed across campus.
“Mike and Amy have been trailblazers when it comes to directly addressing our region’s mental health issues,” said Marquette University Board of Trustees’ Robert Eck in a press release. “Together, they continue to devote countless hours of energy to reimagine a community of care and silence the stigma that too often surrounds mental illness.
The Lovell Center will house many services that Marquette students can call upon, with spaces ranging from counseling to spirituality and meditation which was a big part of the planning process.
“As a design team, we have been focused on creating dynamic spaces that support the programs and services that our students need to thrive in their wellness,” said vice president for planning and facilities management Lora Strigens, in the press release. “By bringing all key aspects of wellness, medical, fitness and recreational programming under one roof, we have a unique opportunity to provide an environment where students enter the doors knowing they are welcome and supported.”
Amy Lovell has worked on mental health reform in the Milwaukee area for several years, including the creation of a youth mental health advocacy nonprofit called REDgen in 2013.
“We are deeply honored to have space within the university’s new wellness tower named for us,” said Michael and Amy Lovell in a press release. “We are passionate about mental health and student well-being, and to have our names associated with this important project is very humbling.”
In addition to mental health and wellness services, the Marquette Medical Center will be prominently housed on the second floor of the wellness tower, directly below the Lovell Center.
Michael Lovell said in March that the goal is to complete the 180,000-square-foot facility by the end of 2024, contingent on funding.
The first two floors of the space will house campus recreation components, with additional recreation spaces extending throughout all levels of the facility. Programming will include a large gymnasium with basketball courts, open fitness space and equipment, a spin studio, group fitness studios, multipurpose recreation courts, tennis courts, a swimming pool, offices for campus recreation staff, locker rooms and a classroom.
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