Students to be greeted by entirely different athletic department
By PATTI ARNOLD
The view from outside changes every day.
Inside, Saunders Fieldhouse changes by the hour.
The 18-month project is in its 12th month, and when students walk through the doors this week, they’ll see an entirely different athletic department.
Signs that last spring pointed the way to temporary classrooms have been replaced by arrows pointing to where the new offices and classrooms have been built.
“It’s gonna be fantastic,” said Tom Purcell, the project supervisor from Adolfson & Peterson Construction in Denver, which has had anywhere from 125-225 workers knocking down walls and building new areas the past year.
“We’re having a lot of fun doing it. We’re enjoying the group we’re working with and everybody has the same goal, to have this turn out to be a trophy piece. We’re excited about it.”
The heath sciences department, which includes the college’s nursing program, is moving to the fieldhouse. Instructors have moved into what were the athletic and kinesiology offices. The dance studio has moved across campus to the Moss Performing Arts Center, and that room has been converted into two large classrooms.
The nursing students have two fully-functional hospital rooms and an X-ray room for clinical lab work.
The athletic and classroom areas are complete, with the student recreation center and natatorium the final two pieces of the puzzle.
The rec center will more than double in size, with larger areas for free weights as well as universal weight machines and cardio machines.
The indoor track is being expanded, with runners suspended above the fitness area.
Students will have a juice bar and lounge area, with huge windows letting in natural light throughout the rec center.
Brownson Arena got a new look, from the refurbished floor all the way to the ceiling.
Gone are the pale yellow walls and the maroon and gold padding that helped muffle sound. Also gone is the maroon “MESA MAVS” that has adorned the walls for years.
The walls and ceiling rafters are white, and with the new lights that were installed last summer, the gym is brighter and looks much bigger.
Downstairs, every team has its own locker room, with a men’s and women’s team room, complete with flatscreen TVs for watching game film.
Athletes who can be taped at any one time on one of two large padded taping tables in the 2,668-square-foot athletic training room. Seven treatment tables, three offices, a student workroom/library and a doctor’s examination room are all part of the training room, which is now on the ground level.
Next door is the Monfort Family Human Performance Lab, and a classroom across the hall is set up as a second training room.
Gallons of water to fill the pool in the facility’s showpiece, a 50-meter natatorium. The old pool held 112,000 gallons. With an ultra-violet filtration system, very little chemical content will be needed; another 50,000 gallons of water will run through the system to keep the pool clean.
Two large dehumidifiers will keep the air drier than most pool areas. The back wall is tinted glass with a view of Bergman Field. Four locker rooms lead into the pool, with another exit to the student recreation center.
Offices in the athletic and kinesiology departments. The offices have moved upstairs to the west side of the building.
The area covers 4,000 square feet and includes a reception and waiting area, a work room and restrooms. New furniture and flat-screen TVs greeted the coaches, who moved in the last week of July.
3 Suites above Brownson Arena that can be rented for home events. Each suite can be divided to accommodate two groups. Windows overlooking the gym open to bring in crowd noise, and each suite has a flat-screen TV for game video. The suites will also be used for meetings and press conferences. The suites are adjacent to the two large hallways of athletic offices.
Square footage of the new weight room, which took over the area that used to house the pool. The entire football team can work out together, and a pull-up bar bolted into two of the walls is strong enough to hold 40 football players.
The new wrestling room’s square footage, more than double the size of the old room, with enough floor space for 60 wrestlers to work out. The wrestling room is behind the gym, with doors on the west side leading to the training room and human performance center.
Seating capacity in a new lecture hall, which can be used for classes as well as team meetings.
Individual padded reserved seats on the west side of Brownson Arena. An additional 400 bleacher seats were added above the east stands, which will bring the capacity to roughly 2,200.
The gym floor was sanded down to the base and redone, with a large Maverick head replacing the plain maroon center jump circle. A new scoreboard on the north wall will include a message board, with the south scoreboard featuring player statistics. And yes, there is a new sound system.
Square feet that have been added to the complex. In all, 190,000 square feet have been added or remodeled. The entire project will be finished in December.
The construction cost of the project.