The new ice arena and welcome center on Highway 175-A in Holderness, between I-93 and Plymouth’s Main Street, is only the first phase of a larger vision for Plymouth State University.
The Active Living, Learning, and Wellness (ALLWell) Center is planned as a multi-year, multi-phase development that will transform the area of campus east of the Pemigewasset River with the eventual construction of a new fieldhouse, aquatic center, gymnasium, and playing fields.
According to President Sara Jayne Steen, the ALLWell Center will vault Plymouth State University forward in all aspects of its mission. “We attract students that love outdoor and recreational activities,” Steen says. “The ALLWell Center will bring academics together with athletics and recreation in a unique way.”
The mission of the ALLWell (Active Living, Learning and Wellness) Center is to create a state-of-the-art complex that replaces the existing PE Center (constructed in 1968) and integrates, on one site, academics, athletics, and recreation to better achieve the educational purposes of Plymouth State University.
The new facility will strengthen the established educational link between the Department of Health and Human Performance (HHP) and Department of Athletics. This integrated project, to be built in five phases, will serve as a living-learning laboratory, increasing opportunities to provide educational, athletic, wellness, and recreational activities to the campus, local communities, the region, and the state.
The Department of Health and Human Performance
- Adventure education
- Athletic training
- Health education
- Wellness management
- Physical education
- Applied health fitness
- Sport physiology
- Sports management
For nearly every program in HHP, hands-on experience is vital to the learning process. Students are first taught skills in the classroom. Then they practice these skills in a controlled laboratory. Finally, they apply their skills in a real life setting with students, athletes, patients, and clients. The ALLWell Center will provide a location for centers of innovation.
Athletics and Recreation at PSU
Plymouth State University is home to 20 varsity teams, seven official club sports teams and 30 organized intramural activities―in which two-thirds of the student body participate. In addition to supporting the activities of PSU student-athletes, the ALLWell Center will provide all students with greater opportunities for physical activities.
Phase One: Ice Arena and Welcome Center
The first phase of Plymouth State University’s ALLWell Center was an ice arena and welcome center that opened in summer 2010. The ice arena serves as a teaching facility for instruction and research in ice activities, a home for Panther varsity men’s and women’s ice hockey teams, and a site for student recreation as well as community skating. The new arena seats 850 spectators.
The Eugene and Joan Savage Welcome Center fronts the ice arena facility with an expansive lobby and facilities that provides an attractive meeting place for prospective students, parents, and visitors to the campus and towns of Plymouth, Holderness, and the wider region.
Press release: PSU Names Welcome Center for Gene and Joan Savage
Plymouth State University has made a commitment to sustainability. The president of the University was an early signatory to the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, pledging to create a comprehensive plan to monitor and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and eventually become carbon neutral.
The ALLWell Center Master Plan integrates sustainable principles in all aspects of the design. Among the highlights of its energy efficient design and construction, the ice arena and welcome center was built to meet LEED Silver standards by installing a sophisticated geothermal heating/cooling design to maximize energy conservation opportunities. The combination of geothermal and the capture of waste heat generated by ice-making equipment provides heat for the facility, removing reliance on a traditional fuel-based heating system.
Future Phases: North, South, East, and West Buildings
Additional buildings will be added to the ALLWell Center. Future phases of the ALLWell Center will house classrooms, research laboratories, lecture halls, offices, multipurpose activity laboratories, conference rooms, and general academic support areas for programs.
A new fieldhouse will provide additional instruction space.
An aquatic center will enhance capacity for instruction, community programming, and serve as a qualified competition venue.
The Foley Gymnasium will be relocated to a new building that will house instructional and laboratory facilities, an athletic training suite, and strength and conditioning centers for students and the community.
The Health and Human Performance department also has established a Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities, an institute for research and outreach on health and wellness in rural areas that will eventually be housed in the ALLWell Center. The Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities will strive to assist communities, particularly in rural areas, in addressing the needs of diverse generations and removing barriers to healthy aging.