University of Wisconsin–Madison

New Campus Workout Spaces during Construction

To accommodate the fitness needs of a growing campus, the Southeast Recreational Facility (SERF) closed in August to begin construction of a new facility. In the meantime, there are many places on campus—existing and new—for students who frequented the SERF to continue the same fitness routine.

  • The full-service Natatorium recently opened “Cardio Court,” a cardio and functional training space with treadmills, ellipticals, rowers, bikes, and stair steppers. The Natatorium’s weight room has also doubled in size since August.
  • The Performance Training Center (also located at the Natatorium) will remain open through the SERF construction and offers countless opportunities for functional training workouts.
  • The Ogg Hall Fitness Center, neighboring the SERF location, opened in August and houses dozens of cardio pieces, including treadmills, ellipticals, rowing machines, and bikes. The new space also has a free-weight section and a functional training and stretching area.

Construction of the new SERF is expected to take two years, with a new facility scheduled to open during the 2019–2020 school year. The project will increase fitness space from 8,500 square feet to 30,400 square feet at the SERF site.

The SERF project is part of the Rec Sports Master Plan to build larger recreational facilities. Students voted to support the plan in a referendum to the 2014 student government ballot, passing it with an 87 percent approval margin, one of the highest in school history.