North Carolina Center for Health & Wellness
The North Carolina Center for Health &
Wellness will be a unique academic and outreach initiative built around
UNC Asheville's new major in health and wellness promotion. Programs
will focus on regional problems, including childhood obesity, workplace
wellness and senior wellness.
100,000-square-foot facility received $35 million in state funding from
the 2004 North Carolina General Assembly. Some portions of the center will be built
with private funds.
In November 2005, Asheville businessman
Joe Kimmel made the first major private gift to the Center. Kimmelís $2
million gift is the first of $5-$7 million that UNC Asheville is raising
in private support to outfit the multipurpose convocation center so it
can also be used as a venue for the Universityís intercollegiate
basketball teams and for student health and recreational
programs. To honor Kimmelís long-time interest in and support of the
University, the UNC Asheville Board of Trustees voted to name the
multipurpose convocation center the Kimmel Arena.
The center is expected to open in 2011.
Image by Bowers, Ellis +
Watson Architects, Pa. and HOK
Southwest view of the North Carolina
Center for Health & Wellness.
Pictured at the far left is a portion of the existing Justice Center.