Building For The Future Texas A&M University continues to lead the nation in encouraging exercise and fighting obesity. A number of new and future buildings will continue that commitment. PEAP Building The Physical Education Activity Program Building,
The Physical Education Activity Program (PEAP) Building is a campus wide partnership between the Departments of Health and Kinesiology, Recreational Sports and Aggie Athletics. The 115,000 square foot facility’s uses span from recreation to instruction for students. Breaking ground in May 2012, the facility was completed in time for the 2013 fall semester at a cost of $25 million. The grand opening celebration included numerous dignitaries, including then Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin. The PEAP Building is unique because of the amount of students who will eventually use it. At some point in their college career, virtually every student will take classes from PEAP and will walk through those doors. “Almost no other building on campus, with the exception of the Memorial Student Center, touches every student at Texas A&M,” Loftin says.
An aerial view of the PEAP Builing.
The main court on the first floor can be converted to 12 badminton courts, six volleyball courts, four basketball courts or variations of all three. Other features include weight rooms, areas for boot camp, dance, fencing, judo, gymnastics, Pilates, self-defense, sports conditioning and yoga. Archery facilities and lighted running area are located outside, while special use rooms are available for meetings and classes. The PEAP Building also provides opportunities for students to use more on
campus fitness facilities after normal class hours. An estimated 25,000 students yearly receive fitness and health advances through PEAP. When combined with the thousands of additional students taking advantage of facilities at the Student Recreation Center, the wellness of the campus student population looks bright. Player Development Center-West Campus Our Applied Exercise Science Laboratory and the Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance are part of the new 22,000-square-foot Player Development Center-West Campus (PDC-WC) facility. Occupying approximately 5,000 square feet, it has over $500,000 worth of state-of-theart equipment to support exercise science research. The new lab incorporates many advances in technology including an ultrasound system for cardiac and muscle imaging studies, an aquatic treadmill with cameras below the surface, new equipment to analyze body composition and a BL-2 Level blood chemistry testing area. The goal of the AESL is to train graduate and undergraduate students for professions in clinical exercise physiology, sports medicine, sports physiology, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, worksite fitness and health promotion. The AESL also serves the community through the FITLIFE Exercise Program. Local firefighters, law-enforcement, and employees and students of Texas A&M are given the opportunity to receive a sophisticated and economical assessment of cardiovascular disease risk. The program also conducts exercise classes to improve overall fitness.
On The Move 2014 SEC Symposium (Special Edition)