The Athletic Complex at WLU is currently undergoing renovations that will "put it in the upper echelon in terms of equipment and facilities," said WLU Director of Athletics and Recreation, PETER BAXTER
. The project involves two main phases and carries a price tag of 2.5 million dollars. Phase One of the renovations began on August 1 and will be completed in December.
Phase One will include:
1. The addition of a Student Leader Communications Center. This area will house workstations for students involved in coordinating intramurals, sport information, fitness activities and the website.
2. The relocation of the business operations and coaches offices to an area currently occupied by the squash courts.
3. The additions of a new cardiovascular and strength training center.
4. The addition of and a second multipurpose room for dance, martial arts and other activities.
5. Renovations to the North American squash courts and gym access to the International courts.
6. The relocation of the athletic therapy center to the area now housing the Earl Shelley Lounge.
Phase Two of the renovations will begin in March of 2000 and will be completed the September. Phase Two will include:
1. Changes to the changeroom area, that will make space more equitable for women and men.
2. The creation of dedicated team rooms for the men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams.
3. The addition of more washrooms for spectator convenience.
4. The renovation of the AC classrooms to include a proper aerobics floor.
5. The creation of the Golden Hawk Lounge of Fame. This will be the home of the Lettermen's Club and the Women's Athletic Association.
As mentioned before, the total cost of these renovations is $2.5 million. The funding for this project has been split evenly by the students and the administration. The students will cover $1.25 million out of incedental fees paid annually as part of registration. The school administration will also pay $1.25 million out of fundraising and the operating budget.
However, the cost to both the school and the students is well justified. The AC has long been in need of renovation, and will now be receiving a necessary face lift. It is one of the busiest buildings on campus, with user totals of over 150 members at 10:30pm. The additional space will also allow athletic staff to arrange different programs and to run more programs simultaneously.
These renovations are seen around campus as a new commitment to athletics here at WLU. With these changes, Laurier hopes to raise the bar in terms of fitness and intramurals, as well as setting a standard for intercollegiate support.