[ NORTH CAMPUS Helen Newman Hall ]

Helen Newman recreation

Built in 1963 and designed to accommodate women's athletics, Helen Newman Hall cannot keep pace with the explosive demand among students on North Campus for recreational and workout spaces. A $15 million project will expand and renovate the hall by adding:

  • a two-court gymnasium
  • a new lap pool
  • a performance studio
  • a classroom, and
  • an up-to-speed fitness center.

The plan also includes reconfiguring locker space and creating a new façade.

The three-story building overlooks Beebe Lake on Cornell's North Residential Campus was made possible by a gift from Floyd R. Newman ’12, a former member of the Board of Trustees, in honor of his wife, Helen.

Helen Newman Hall is now the home to the Department of Recreational Services, which directs the Cornell fitness centers, the faculty/staff wellness program, intramural sports, the bowling center and open recreation.