Sports and Fitness Center Construction Updates
||Project has moved into final finishes, with work currently underway with the gymnasium
hardwood floors, the lockers, the AV system (thanks to David Grannis), cabinets, carpeting,
cameras, and bleachers. We're looking forward to moving some of the athletics staff into
the building in early July, and opening the public spaces of the building (gymnasiums, aerobics
studio, fitness center) to the institution in mid-August.
||Project is well poised for Fall '06 occupancy, with interior and exterior
finish work in full swing. The view from the bridge shows how the added lobby
and storefront glass at the west entry is taking shape, and a view inside the
building would reveal bathroom tile, a painted practice gymnasium, and near
completion of all drywall. Next month we expect the installation of the
various basketball and ceiling-mounted volleyball apparatus.
||With the large masonry structures now complete and receiving roof
decks, the outside of the building is essentially in place. The next major
push on the project will be to complete roofing prior to rainy season, with
that objective now underway in the form or placement of roof installation.
Overall, the project is well-poised to be open for Fall '06 operations.
||Look for another major milestone occurring with a
second round of concrete panel tilt-up. Panels will be lifted
through Friday, at which time all walls will be complete.
Meanwhile, our Board of Regents has approved the addition
of a lobby structure on the west side of the building which
will tie the building to the Events Center positioned at the
south end of the building. This area will provide another
enhancement to an already tremendous building, providing transitional
space for event registration and allowing better layout of
the Events Center.
||Last week saw dramatic progress, with the placement of concrete
slabs for most of the building. Our Gilbert Arena, practice
gymnasium, events room, fitness room, and locker rooms all
have concrete floors. Our contractor, HMH Construction, is
currently preparing forms of rhte concrete walls. Look for
our next significant milestone of July '05 for the erection
of the walls.
||Work will begin in earnest next week. Look for actual walls
being stood up on site within six to eight weeks.
||Final preparation of the building pad will start once the
site is dry enough to haul engineered fill to the building
pad. Assuming this process completes within the next month
(again, with favorable weather) the building will complete
by Fall '06.
||The Sports and Fitness Center is ready for construction,
with the project awarded to HMH Construction, and permit ready
for pick-up once project reaches the appropriate grade (level