PAW Centre

The PAW Centre

Approved by student referendum in March 2010, the Physical Activity and Wellness (PAW) Centre is a partnership with the Students’ Union, Graduate Students’ Association, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta (U of A) and Government of Alberta. Construction will begin immediately, with completion in fall/winter of 2014.

The PAW Centre will be a new physical activity and wellness facility with program components including a campus fitness centre, a world-class climbing centre, and a variety of student service spaces. In addition, The Steadward Centre space will be renovated and expanded, and there are future plans for the relocation of the Alberta Institute for Physical Activity and Health (AIPAH).  

Once completed, the PAW Centre will be open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community, will be 110,868 square feet and constructed as an addition on the south side of the Van Vliet Centre East Wing. The project will also include a new social street, which will provide an interior connection between multiple buildings.

The PAW Centre project is targeting a Green Globe™ rating of Four Globes.

View time-lapse video of PAW Centre construction

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For more information, please contact:

Undergraduate Students:
Josh Le, Students' Union, Vice-President Operations and Finance at

Graduate Students:
Megha Bajaj, Graduate Students' Association, Vice-President Student Services

Physical Education and Recreation faculty and staff:
Cheryl Harwardt, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, at 780.492.0229 or

University and neighbouring communities:
Emily Ball, University Relations, at 780.492.4345 or