A 21st century health and wellness facility

The Richard J. CURRIE CENTER has been designed to address the integrated wellness needs of the University of New Brunswick and the greater Fredericton community.

It provides facilities for fitness, recreation and high-performance athletics as well as new space for community research activities and services. It contains three full-sized gyms, two of which are recreational and the other is a high performance gym for our varsity athletes and events such as graduation.


The Richard J. CURRIE CENTER features numerous spaces that are available for booking. To learn more, contact

Athletics and Recreation

Recognizing that UNB’s desire for a healthy community must first begin at home, The Richard J. CURRIE CENTER provides a variety of recreation and fitness spaces that are available to students, faculty, staff and members of the greater Fredericton community.

The Richard J. CURRIE CENTER is also home to the Varsity Reds basketball and volleyball programs.

To learn more about recreation services and activities at the CURRIE CENTER, contact Recreation Services (UREC).


The Richard J. CURRIE CENTER is home to a multidisciplinary collaboration of researchers and partners who will focus on fitness and lifestyle assessment and evaluation, pediatric weight management, cardiac rehabilitation, orthopedic surgery rehabilitation, workplace wellness, healthy aging and more.

Key among the multidisciplinary programs of The Richard J. CURRIE CENTER is the world-class Human Performance Laboratory which is situated in the heart of the building, adjacent to the walking/jogging track.

The focus of this vibrant centre will be on research, education, health promotion and chronic disease management services.

About the Center

Dr. Richard J. Currie, University of New Brunswick Chancellor, poses with his sister Beth Steele in front of a recently unveiled portrait that hangs in the fourth floor lobby of The Richard J. CURRIE CENTER. Renowned New Brunswick artist Glenn Priestley was commissioned to create the painting.

The five-storey, 139,000-square-foot building is among the largest single construction projects in Fredericton's history. 

It was designed by B and H Architects in partnership with Sasaki and Associates. It was built by Moncton-based Acadian Construction. 

UNB Fredericton's athletic facilities now rival the best across North America. The Richard J. CURRIE CENTER has also made UNB a leader in health and fitness in New Brunswick.

The Richard J. CURRIE CENTER is named after UNB Chancellor Richard J. Currie. Dr. Currie, a UNB alumnus and distinguished Canadian businessman, donated more than $20 million to support the construction of UNB Fredericton's newest building. Dr. Currie's gift is the largest single donation a New Brunswick university has ever received.

The center was officially opened on Oct. 7, 2011.

Community Support

Many others have been inspired by Dr. Currie's gift and have also given generously. • More 680 people donated to the Currie Center, with 150 of those being Alberta-area Alumni who donated to this recreation centre.

Many spaces in the CURRIE CENTER bear the names of those donors.

Named spaces

  • Alberta Alumni Recreation Centre
  • Andrew and Marjorie McCain Human Performance Laboratory
  • Hatheway Family Fitness Studio
  • Quartermain Sport Medicine Clinic
  • Sun Life Financial Fitness and Lifestyle Assessment Centre
  • Nancy Webster McFadyen Track
  • Reilly Family Spin Room
  • JT Clark Seminar Room
  • Elizabeth A. Currie Boardroom
  • Iris E. C. Bliss Basketball Team Room
  • Sonny Phillips Volleyball Team Room

Become a supporter

There are more than 1,400 stadium seats in the Performance Hall. For a $1,000 donation, payable over five years at $200 annually or just $16.66 monthly, you can name a seat in honour of a favourite professor, former classmate or loved one or put your own name on part of UNB’s history.

There are also other opportunities such as naming a locker room, strength centre, cardio centre as well as a naming a basketball or volleyball net.

You can also donate online to the CURRIE CENTER.