AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A motor behavior lab conducting research on physical activity in children; a more efficient and up-to-date facility for the TigerFit program, which provides health screening and fitness assessments for members of the community; and a training center for USA Team Handball are just some of the distinctive features of the new 58,000-square-foot kinesiology research facility officially opened by Auburn University today.
Located at 301 Wire Road, the College of Education’s School of Kinesiology building houses laboratories where a broad range of research is conducted relating to human movement, health and performance.
“Everything in this building will help us to improve our mission,” said Mary Rudisill, director of the School of Kinesiology. “Our goal is to be the best program in the country. We have unbelievable faculty and this new facility where we are able to perform our research, outreach and instruction more effectively in a building designed for what we do.”
The first floor of the three-level facility houses the school’s pediatric movement and physical activity laboratory and four biomechanics labs, while the second floor houses epidemiology, physical education teacher education and exercise behavior labs, as well as the TigerFit program. The third floor features controlled-access space for muscle physiology, cardioprotection, neurovascular, muscle metabolism, neuromechanics and thermal labs.
Along with labs that extend research capability, the facility offers additional opportunities for outreach. Faculty in the school are establishing new collaborations with Auburn Athletics and expanding the Warrior Athletic Training program, which provides identification, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of injuries in military personnel. With an outdoor play area accessible from a ground-level porch space, the school has been able to expand programs for children, like the Tiger Cubs Fit Club, which offers activities to promote motor skill competence, physical activity and fitness.
Ranked 22nd in the nation, the School of Kinesiology was recently featured in the American Kinesiology Association’s journal Kinesiology Today, which said of the school, “Few would question that Auburn is moving into the upper tier of kinesiology programs in the country.”
“As we move forward, our new facility is going to continue to open many doors for the School of Kinesiology,” Rudisill said. “We have already experienced the benefits of recruiting and maintaining exceptional students and faculty. We will continue to make substantial contributions to health and medical fields through our research, while paving the way for future practice in disease prevention and human performance.”
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was led by Auburn University President Jay Gogue, College of Education Dean Betty Lou Whitford, School of Kinesiology Director Mary Rudisill and Board of Trustees President Pro Tempore Jimmy Rane. The new facility was designed by Infinity Architecture of Montgomery and constructed by Robins and Morton.