Plans for the Hale-Andrews Student Life Center (SLC) began in the 1980s, with a groundbreaking in 1989. It was completed in 1992, named after Kate Andrews and Clara Andrews Hale, civic leaders whose families were long associated with RIT. Ezra R. Andrews was a founding trustee of RIT when it first originated as the Mechanics Institute and Rochester Athenaeum. Kate Andrews, a philanthropist, made a bequest to the Institute in memory of her parents. The Hale-Andrews SLC contains a fitness center, 5 multipurpose courts, basketball courts, a dance and aerobics studio, an elevated 1/8 mile running track, conference and classroom space, and more to allow students to exercise and participate in wellness activities planned and coordinated by RIT. It serves as the center of recreation, wellness instruction and intramurals.