Saurwein Health & Wellness Center

Named after Heidelberg alumni Cliff and Mary Saurwein, the Saurwein Health & Wellness Center will create 22,000 square feet of new and renovated space dedicated to health and wellness. The building will provide facilities to support a new academic program in Health Sciences and will also include a variety of spaces for cardio/weight training and small group fitness activities complimenting the facilities of the Tiffin Community YMCA. The building will feature a technology suite utilizing the power of new technology to enhance health. In addition it will expand on the existing foundation for health and wellness at Heidelberg, launching “A Road to Health at Heidelberg,” a comprehensive, integrated plan to enhance health and wellness for our campus and the broader community.

Trustee Charlie Cole speaks at the Dedication Ceremony

New health & wellness center honors donors’ vision

Sep 14, 2012

Cliff and Mary Saurwein, major benefactors of Heidelberg’s new Saurwein Health & Wellness Center, would have been very impressed with the facility. “They would have been so proud of this facility,” their nephew, Harold “Herk” Wolfe said Thursday as part of a formal dedication ceremony.

The center is in keeping with the Saurweins’ vision to create a welcoming facility for students of all walks of life as well as the campus and local communities. Heidelberg graduates from 1927 and 1930, the Saurweins provided a multi-million-dollar estate gift from their estate for construction of the $4.3 million center, which is attached to Seiberling Gymnasium. Read more...


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Where is Saurwein Health & Wellness Center be located?

It is located on Hedges Street, and attached to the east corner of Seiberling Gymnasium, in close proximity to Mayer Field.

What is inside?

The center will feature 22,000 square feet of new and renovated space dedicated to health and wellness. Inside the building, there is academic space to support the new Health Sciences program, and a variety of spaces for cardio/weight training, small group fitness activities, a health and wellness technology suite and a nutrition area, along with faculty offices and classrooms.

What academic programs are housed there?

The athletic training and physical education programs to be there, along with space for the new Health Sciences academic program.

When was it completed?

Ground was broken for the center on Oct. 1, 2011 and opened August 2012.

Who can use the center?

The center is open to all students, staff and faculty of Heidelberg, as well as members of the greater Tiffin community. Heidelberg and the Tiffin Community YMCA are partnering for operation of the center.

Can students still be able to use the YMCA?

Yes, students still have access to the pool and the gymnasium at the Y.

How will the center benefit Heidelberg students?

Besides creating a foundation for healthy lifestyles, the center presents many opportunities for students in in-class and out-of-class arenas. Fitness classes, social time, internship and mentoring opportunities are a few examples of ways the student experience will be enhanced. It will also create a strong sense of community.

How did the center get its name?

The center is named for alumni Cliff and Mary Saurwein, classes of 1927 and ’30, respectively. The Saurweins are major benefactors of the project, providing a lead gift through their estate for construction of the facility. Their vision was to provide a center where the entire campus community can come together to exercise, stay fit and promote good health.

Trustees and administrators at the groundbreaking