"The final tally was $71 million in construction costs," said Leslie Davis of the California State University at Sacramento. "Not a state fee went into it. It was all student fee generated."
The idea for the facility came from a study the university undertook in 2003 to determine what students would like to see in terms of recreation, health and fitness. At a daylong opening celebration Thursday, students seemed pleased with how it all turned out.
"I like it a lot," said senior Clayton Bena. "The climbing wall is pretty cool."
"I thought it was really nice," said junior Allison Rodriguez. "I know I'm going to be using it a lot."
The Well is open to all current students, faculty and staff as well as recent alumni who paid the fee, but graduated before the building's completion.