Athletic Center Project Reaches Milestone at Embry-Riddle Prescott Campus
Prescott, AZ, January 27, 2014
In celebration of a construction milestone, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is starting the New Year with a community invitation to tour the newly remodeled Athletic Center. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the complex is scheduled at 11 a.m. on Jan. 29.
Three years ago, construction teams began leveraging Prescott Campus buildings 80, 81 and 82 to create a 24,000-square-foot Athletic Center that features a fitness center with a weightlifting area, and cardio and fitness rooms. Planned as a multi-phase project, the second and third phases were completed in January and yielded men’s and women’s locker rooms from a former supply room area used by the Air Force ROTC program. The facility features state-of-the-art exercise equipment and opened on Jan. 10 for students, faculty, staff and alumni access.
“The campus community has been very appreciative and positive. Our students and staff now have an expanded facility that is more user friendly,” said Ted Blake, director of Athletics. “With the additional square footage, there is more room for core, aerobic and strength training.”
Plans are underway for the final phase of the project that will more than double the center’s original size to a total of 51,000 square feet by connecting the Activity Center Gymnasium—building 83—to the complex. New areas for the athletic trainer, coaching staff offices, public restrooms and intercollegiate team locker rooms will be constructed. The Eagle Gym will also be renovated and expanded to include spectator seating. Construction is projected to start in May and will take about one year to complete.
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