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North Campus Recreational Building

Something remarkable is happening at the NCRB.

Our students and members deserve a recreation and fitness center that enlivens their exercise, enhances their experience, builds community and motivates them to keep working hard to achieve their goals.

The renovation of the North Campus Recreation Building, a vital hub of the north campus community, will do just that. The 16-month project will address long-awaited infrastructure needs and modernize the building’s fitness offerings and amenities.

The plan consists of repurposing existing, under-utilized spaces to improve cardio, strength, and group exercise areas, as well as enhancements to the building’s entry. The renovated building will also feature improved racquetball and squash courts, a sauna, a resurfaced running track, new locker rooms that are ADA-accessible with 660 lockers, and a gender-inclusive locker room and restroom. New windows will bring in more light, and there will be air conditioning throughout. Infrastructure and architectural updates will also be made in the pool area.


The NCRB’s last day of operation is Friday, May 26, 2017. The facility will officially close for renovations on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Due to the nature of the project, the NCRB will be completely closed for renovations. The NCRB is planned to reopen Fall 2018.

Membership Options

You can use your Recreational Sports membership at the following locations during the renovations:

  • CCRB
  • IMSB
  • Bursley Hall (opening June 12, 2017; Monday – Friday 10:00am – 7:00pm)
  • Pierpont Commons (opening August 28, 2017; Monday – Friday 3:00pm – 9:00pm)

If you have a locker at the NCRB, we’d be happy to help you transfer your locker to the CCRB or IMSB. Lockers are available on a first come, first served basis.


We’ll have the following equipment available to you at our temporary locations.

Bursley Hall

30 pieces total

  • 12 selectorized pieces
  • 2 weight benches
  • 1 dumbbell rack with sets of weights up to 25 lbs
  • 15 cardio pieces
    • 4 ellipticals (2 with movable arms, 2 with non-movable arms)
    • 2 cross trainers
    • 4 treadmills
    • 3 bikes (1 upright, 1 recumbent, 1 spin)
    • 1 Nu Step
    • 1 rower

Pierpont Commons

14 pieces total

  • 2 cross trainers
  • 4 ellipticals (2 with movable arms, 2 with non-movable arms)
  • 4 treadmills
  • 3 bikes (1 upright, 1 recumbent, 1 spin)
  • 1 rower

Learning the Equipment

Our trained staff can walk you through an equipment orientation at any time! At the IMSB and CCRB, look for our knowledgable Fitness Attendants roaming the cardio and fitness spaces. At Bursley Hall and Pierpont Commons, Building Supervisors will be able to assist you as well.


See our detailed maps and our full list of parking options around our facilities and fields, including details for handicapped parking and our temporary locations.

Funding & Student Involvement

The total cost of the NCRB renovation is $17 million. Funding comes from a student fee applied to all current U‑M students, along with additional funding from University Central Equity; Athletics; Logistics, Transportation & Parking; and Student Life.

All Recreational Sports and University Unions renovations are partially funded by a fee that each student pays as a part of tuition. Starting in Fall 2014, this $65/semester fee also allows registered U‑M students continue to receive access to all Recreational Sports facilities. This includes those with student financial aid budgets, which includes the renovations fee in the overall budget for tuition and fees.

Throughout the planning process, we received feedback from several student organizations, including:

  • Building a Better Michigan
  • Wolverine Fitness
  • Advisory Committee on Recreational Sports
  • Central Student Government
  • Black Student Union
  • Club Sports Council
  • Recreational Sports Student Employees
  • Student Athlete Advisory Committee

In addition, we collected feedback from current users and faculty and staff groups.

Pool Details

The NCRB pool will be receiving all new mechanical equipment, lighting and paint during the renovation.

The NCRB pool’s last day of operation is Friday, May 26, 2017. During renovation, members and students can use Bell Pool at the CCRB.

Intramural Sports Building

IMSB renovation provides the ultimate workout.

After a long-awaited 17-month renovation, the Intramural Sports Building officially reopened on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

The building, originally built in 1928, boasts many contemporary features while maintaining its historical architectural features. Inside there are more than 200 new pieces of cardio and strength equipment, group fitness and personal training space, racquetball courts, new locker rooms and spacious social lounges.

Fully air-conditioned and flooded with natural light, the Intramural Sports Building has been transformed into a facility designed for a modern workout and place to enjoy with friends and colleagues.

Central Campus Recreational Building

Creating a better experience at the CCRB.

In order to provide our students and members with the best workout experience possible, Recreational Sports has installed over 100 new pieces of cardio and strength equipment at the Central Campus Recreation Building. On the cardio floor this includes treadmills, ellipticals, cross trainers, stepmills, upright bikes, recumbent bikes and indoor cycling bikes. In the strength areas we have added new functional strength equipment, free weight and selectorized equipment.

Other updates to enhance your experience include a new paint scheme to create brighter spaces and the introduction of a new wayfinding system to make it easier to navigate the building.

Major renovations to the CCRB are slated to happen in 2021.


With our ongoing renovations, we understand you might have questions regarding the project, membership, lockers and Recreational Sports activites. Let us help! We’re happy to meet with you one-on-one to answer your individual questions. Fill out the form and we will be in touch soon—we appreciate your interest.

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