Gloucester County College unveils new $2.8M Physical Education Center
On Tuesday, county and college officials unveiled the completed $2.8 million Physical Education Center renovation project, funded by Chapter 12 money, which includes: a new roof; an upgraded and enhanced HVAC system and duct work; new ceiling tiles and energy-efficient lights in the lobby, coaches' offices, locker rooms, storage rooms and gymnasium; new showers and restrooms in the locker rooms; reconditioned lockers; a new up-to-date trainer's room and equipment; new and expanded lobby restrooms; new team locker rooms and uniform storage rooms and a staff changing room. All of the restrooms and locker rooms are now accessible to the disabled. Design was by Garrison Architects of Marlton.
The renovations also included the installation of new trophy display cases to highlight teams and athletes that have won state championships in their respective sports.
"These men and women have given us their talent and time so we're glad to pay tribute to them inside," said GCC President Dr. Russell Davis. "Our coaches, athletic staff and students made this program and, more than anything, it speaks to the tenacity and spirit that is GCC. We now have an appropriate place for students to house their accomplishments."
Ronald Case GCC's dean of health, physical education and recreation and the college athletic director thanked everyone involved in the building's renovations and reinforced its importance to the athletic program.
"When you go inside this building, we thought it was important to document and commemorate the proud history of our program," said Case. "We're commemorating the members of all 16 national championship teams and our 45 individual national champs as well as our more than 200 NJAC All-Americans. Now, these athletes can someday bring their sons and daughters here and share their piece of GCC history."
Freeholder Director and state Senate President Stephen Sweeney thanked GCC's athletes and coaches for "getting our name out around the country."
"We've got a bunch of really good, talented kids who want to excel and we wanted them to have a first-class facility," said Sweeney. "They deserve the best facility we can possible give them."
"It's amazing how a small county like ours can be number one in the nation, and there are a lot of people who contributed to make it that way," added Freeholder Joe Brigandi. "It was a team effort."
For those who use the facilities everyday, the renovations were especially important.
"This room wasn't even here before - it was a circuit training room and a storage closet and they knocked out the wall in between to create this trainer's room," said Team Coordinator Leanne Schoening. "Now we have new beds, a whirlpool, a refrigerator - it's state-of-the-art. We'll be able to deal with and even prevent injuries better with this new space."