Alioto Recreation Center: Almost Finished

Click to see more photos!There's a buzz on campus as the Rec Center takes shape.  The tile roof is on, the interiors are quickly being completed, and we are on schedule to open the Joseph L. Alioto Recreation Center in the spring of 2015.  There is excitement all over campus — among students, faculty and staff — as the entire Saint Mary’s community eagerly anticipates the opening of what will be “the hub of the campus.”  The Alioto Recreation Center will be available for use by the entire student body, as well as faculty and staff.  It includes a cutting-edge fitness center; three indoor courts; a functional strength training room; a group exercise room; a spin room; a juice and snack bar; a lap and recreational pool; a hydrotherapy spa; and an outdoor patio that connects to the Korth Tennis Complex and Cottrell Softball Field.

There is still time to be a supporter of this milestone facility at Saint Mary’s.  Here’s how:

Recreation Center Paver Program

The main entrance to the Alioto Recreation Center will be paved with tiles.  You can help support the building effort by purchasing one of these tiles, which will be engraved with your own message.  Leave a timeless legacy that celebrates your son’s or daughter’s graduation year, your own class year, your 25th reunion, or a birthday.  Parents of students who will be on campus when the Recreation Center opens can celebrate the health and wellness their son or daughter will experience while a student at Saint Mary’s.  See below for details.

Paver Sizes

8”x8” Tile - $500

4 lines of engraving, 12 characters per line

12”x12” Tile - $1,000

8 lines of engraving, 14 characters per line

16”x16” Tile - $2,500

12 lines of engraving, 24 characters per line

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For more information about the Paver Program, please call Mark Chiarucci at 925-631-4168,

More Giving Opportunities

Through the generosity of our lead donors, the Kalmanovitz Charitable Foundation, the Syufy Family, the Korth Family, and many others, we have raised $20.2 million of the $23.5 million project cost, but we must still raise $3.3 million.  Please join with us to transform the fitness, recreational and community-building opportunities for all students at Saint Mary’s.  Contact Mark Chiarucci at 925-631-4168 or

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Alioto Recreation Center: Making Progress

The Joseph L. Alioto Recreation Center is going up quickly.  This new facility will be a state-of-the-art center for the entire student body and Saint Mary’s community, a place for physical fitness as well as a home for all recreational sports.  As you can see from the video, the structural steel framing is complete and the exterior walls are underway, and the Center will be completed in the spring of 2015.
The Alioto Recreation Center will include a cutting-edge fitness center with weight and cardio areas; three indoor courts for basketball, soccer and volleyball; group fitness rooms for classes in yoga, dance and spinning; a climbing wall; a juice and snack bar; and a pool, lawn and outdoor patio.  “This will not just be a rec center,” said one Saint Mary’s student.  “It will be the hub of the campus, a place where we can share all that we love about this school.”
The Center will be a stellar facility that will support the whole student in health, community, and social engagement—the dynamic student center that has been missing from campus.  The budget for the Alioto Recreation Center is $23.5 million.  The lead gift came from the Kalmanovitz Charitable Foundation, and we have raised nearly $20 million so far with $3.5 million still to go.  To leave an enduring legacy while supporting student health, wellness and intramural activities at Saint Mary’s, consider purchasing a personalized stone paver that will go in the Recreation Center Plaza. 

For more information about pavers and other giving opportunities, please contact Mark Chiarucci in Development at 925-631-4168 or

Contra Costa Times Profiles SMC's Plans for New Rec Center

The Contra Costa Times reported on the College's ongoing development efforts on Saint Mary's planned $30 million Athletic and Recreation Corridor. The story "Saint Mary’s works to get ball rolling on sports facility," which includes a photo of Rev. Salvatore J.

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