The Miller Center embraces wellness

Jim Mathias shows a digital rendition of what part of the interior of the new Miller Center might look like when construction is finished on it.

LEWISBURG —The Miller Center, a 92,500-square-foot space now being molded into a recreational hub, will incorporate all facets of wellness from fitness to nutrition to physical therapy when it opens this summer.

Evangelical Community Hospital will relocate its physical therapy services and open a new SUN Orthopaedics clinic at the center. Its 28-member fitness center staff is expected to transfer to the new gym opening at the Miller Center. It will feature all new cardio and strength-training equipment.

Jim Mathias, executive director of the Miller Center acknowledged that the project is on a tight schedule, but noted that there is plenty of excitment and anticipation as the July opening approaches.

The Miller Center is a non-profit venture and registered 501c3. Beth Miller, wife of Matthew Miller whose family founded Playworld playground systems, said the center’s success will rely fully on the community’s support and engagement.

“As a family, we’re thrilled to see this come together after almost five years,” Miller said. “We want it to be sustainable. We’re not looking to make a profit.”

Construction, about five years in the making, began in December. An estimated 40 workers are working at the site behind Giant Foods in Penn House Commons. Engines of heavy equipment roared as new concrete was poured sealing floor cuts for utilities and a pile of old block was scooped up and hauled away. Workers used scissor lifts to work on the interior roof, 34 feet at its highest point.

Geisinger Health Systems will have office space in the center to conduct research. Next Level Strong basketball, North Union United Soccer Club, Bison Field Hockey and Victory Sports High-Performance Training will all use the facility.

Amenities include four basketball courts, turf field, gymnastics area with a foam pit, a high-performance training area, children’s development center and drop-off child care, courtyard and a walk-in healthy eating cafe.

“We’re going to phase the cafe in over time. We’ll start small and build,” Miller said.

Membership to the fitness center and participation in any programming at the center isn’t exclusive to Lewisburg-area residents. Anyone can participate. Gym rates haven’t been finalized.

Visit www.millerrec.org or find the Miller Center on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

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