It's among the largest construction projects ever undertaken in New Brunswick's capital city.

But the Richard J. CURRIE CENTER is more than just a building - it's a vision to make New Brunswick a national leader in health and wellness.

Hundreds of friends and donors, including the federal, provincial and municipal governments, have rallied behind this vision of improved provincial health and wellness as represented by the new CURRIE CENTER at UNB.

Known fondly as the CURRIE CENTER, the $62-million UNB project is named after UNB Chancellor Richard J. Currie, who dedicated his generous Forging Our Futures campaign gift to this project.

In making his gift, Dr. Currie has challenged other UNB alumni and friends to join him in making this building and grand vision a reality.

A new home for healthy living

The CURRIE CENTER was officially opened on Oct. 7, 2011 and houses a multidisciplinary collaboration of researchers and partners who focus on fitness and lifestyle assessment and evaluation, pediatric weight management, cardiac rehabilitation, orthopedic surgery rehabilitation, workplace wellness, healthy aging and much more.

UNB’s Human Performance Laboratory, housed in the CURRIE CENTER, develops new ways to address physical challenges in the young and elderly and better ways to rehabilitate the injured. Anything that can be done to improve a person’s physical well-being is done or researched under one roof.

The CURRIE CENTER is also the headquarters for the Varsity Reds volleyball and basketball teams with two full-size recreation gymnasiums used for campus recreation programs and fitness and outreach activities. The center also hosts UNB Fredericton’s graduation ceremonies.

Located in the north east corner of the Fredericton campus with easy access to the public, The Richard J. CURRIE CENTER is the University of New Brunswick’s face to the community.

Combining recreation and research

The CURRIE CENTER combines UNB recreation capabilities with cutting-edge research. Fitness facilities, recreation and high-performance athletics as well as expanded community research activities and services will now have a place to call home.

The Richard J. CURRIE CENTER is an important addition to UNB's Fredericton campus. It provides state-of-the-art resources for teaching and research, while boosting UNB’s already strong student experience. The CURRIE CENTER also contributes significantly to improving the health and wellness of New Brunswickers. The facility represents the continuing evolution of UNB and further establishes the University as a nationally-recognized comprehensive institution.