Published Jan. 16, 2009

Decatur Daily Democrat

Swiss Village Wellness Pavilion

By Kristin Baron

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Thursday in Berne to mark the official completion of the new $3.5 million Arthur and Gloria Muselman Wellness Pavilion, located on north campus of the Swiss Village Retirement Community. 

Five years of planning and fundraising was concluded when the wellness center officially opened its doors to the public for the first time at 5:30 a.m. Friday, said Daryl Martin, executive director of Swiss Village.

The 21,202 square foot facility was the vision of the late Art and Gloria Musleman, who were longtime supporters of Swiss Village and major financial contributors to the wellness pavilion's construction. 

In recent years, the Muselman couple shared a dream of seeing a wellness center become a reality for Berne and neighboring communities. Naming the wellness facility in their honor is intended to serve as a tribute to their generosity and visionary support, said Martin.

It represents their vision to serve other people and make the community the best place it can possibly be, said the Muselman's daughter, Karen Thomas. It's a time to celebrate who they were, and it inspires us to give and serve as they did.

The new facility offers a variety of wellness options, including an aquatic center, cardiovascular fitness, strength training, health education and fitness classes. It also has a game room, a jacuzzi, a kitchen, a multi-use room and locker rooms with showers. Additionally, the facility offers services such as child care and massage therapy/treatments.

The whole purpose of the facility is to improve the lives of people who want to take responsibility for their own heath, said Martin. 

According to Sarah Curtis, the facility's director, the wellness center had 61 members before its official opening Friday.

While Swiss Village residents may access the Arthur and Gloria Muselman Wellness Pavilion for free, the facility is offering monthly memberships with and without yearly contracts varying from $40 to $45 per month for an individual and from $60 to $75 for a household.

Non-members and guests may use the new facility for $7.50 per day.

Swiss Village is helping meet the needs of the community by offering accommodating hours and reasonable membership fees, said Mayor John Minch. Those things are important, he added.

Minch said the new wellness center will improve the quality of life for Berne and surrounding area residents and it will also be good for the city's economic development. 

This is a top-notch facility and we are fortunate to have one of this magnitude in the city of Berne, said Minch.
Swiss Village did it right. It [the wellness pavilion] will be here for a long time, said the Musselman's son, Roger. May people take advantage of such a fine facility.

Limberlost Construction was the primary contractor for the project while Fanning & Howey of Celina, Ohio, provided architectural and engineering oversight.