The University began renovation to the 27-year-old locker rooms back in May 2017.
The University did a study in 2015 and learned, according to Michele Schwitsky with the UA, that many students didn't feel comfortable going to the old locker rooms. "perception is reality and we needed to change that."
The University says they wanted to be more inclusive and added 14 all-gender cabanas. "That can be LGBTQ community, families with small children and faculty that didn't want to change in front of students, says Schwitsky.
The renovations include:
14 private all-gender cabanas
New layout creating open corridor to the pool deck
Top of the line lockers, including smaller wallet/phone lockers and larger day lockers to accommodate motorcycle helmets
Lockers available for rent in the all-gender area
New day-use lockers throughout the facility
Increased privacy accomplished through the layout of the space
Private shower stalls within the gendered locker rooms
Windows providing natural light in the locker rooms
RFID chipped towel tracker system
Individual swimsuit dryers and hair dryers
Lounge area between locker rooms for gathering and social engagement
Restroom accessible from the pool deck near the entrance of the locker rooms
According to the University, the total cost was roughly $5 MIL and it was funded by Campus Recreation's budget.