Worcester State University Wellness Center


The original gymnasium at Worcester State University, built in 1958, was outdated, undersized and did not meet current NCAA standards for athletics. A new facility was designed by Architectural Resources Cambridge and W.T. Rich was selected as the construction manager. Work was conducted while the campus was actively occupied. Site work included relocating parking areas, and extensive landscaping to accommodate campus common areas on the campus on the campus.



Update outmoded facility with a two-story structure consisting of a 1,200 seat multi-purpose competition gymnasium with an elevated running track, practice gymnasium, a 9,000 square foot fitness/weight room, a 1,500 square foot training room, locker room facilities, five fitness classrooms, and a function room, a student lounge, a golf simulation room and batting cages.

Project Information

Location: Worcester, MA

Completion: 2016

Contract Value: $43.9 million

Size: 100,000 SF

Type: Demolition & New Construction

Owner: Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance

Designer: Architectural Resources Cambridge, Boston, MA

Delivery Method: CM-at-Risk (M.G.L. Chapter 149A)

Awards and Honors

LEED® Gold Certification




W.T. Rich achieved on-time completion of the final project phase in August 2016, and final completion and closeout in November 2016. W.T. Rich delivered the project successfully – meeting project deadlines, staying on budget and earning the praise of the school for our ability to minimize the impact on the school’s educational environment.

“I had the opportunity to, once again, work with W.T. Rich Company – this time on the WSU Athletic Center project.  Throughout the preconstruction and construction phases of the CM at Risk process, their staff provided exceptional leadership through a team-driven process that builds understanding and trust.  They were professional, forward-thinking, knowledgeable and highly committed to the outcome of the project. When faced with challenges, they were able to respond and offer solutions quickly and effectively, which allowed the project to stay on track.  Undertaking a multi-phased construction project within a busy, fully occupied academic campus is challenging, but W.T. Rich planned and executed the work magnificently. It has been a pleasure working with them over the years and I look forward to our next project together.” 

Robert Gray, Project Manager
Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance
Worcester State University Wellness Center Project