The University of Colorado, Denver has announced a $10 million gift from alumnus Lola Salazar and her husband, Rob, for a new student wellness center.
The gift will fund construction of an 85,000-square-foot facility designed to promote multiple dimensions of student health and wellness, including social, physical, emotional, and spiritual. Awarded through the Salazar Family Foundation, the gift includes $2 million to ensure that the center incorporates features suggested by a committee of student and university leaders, including a thirty-six-foot climbing wall, a gymnasium and six-lane pool, a weight room and fitness studios, reflection rooms, and an outdoor adventure center.
The remaining $8 million will establish an endowment for the center, with the goal of keeping student access fees at their current level. In recognition of their gift, the center will be named for the Salazars.
"On behalf of all of us at CU Denver, I want to thank the Salazars for their vision, their generosity, and their belief in the potential of our amazing students," said CU Denver chancellor Dorothy Horrell. "The Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center is proof that CU Denver students are fully equipped to turn their dreams into reality."