The two-story strength and conditioning facility will replace a 40-year-old training room located beneath the stadium. The athletics department spent $250,000 of its own funds for design of the new center and hopes to have the remaining $2.75 million in hand in three to five months, McGee said.
"This facility clearly would put us in a much stronger position in terms of having adequate space for all of our athletes," he said.
Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, parking behind the south end zone has been banned, so the new center would not eliminate any game-day parking. Construction could begin next year and would continue during next fall's football season.
The committee also OK'd the use of auxiliary funds and student services funds for continued renovations and improvements at the Russell House, which is undergoing extensive remodeling for new foodservice facilities and relocated offices. A comprehensive plan explaining all of the future changes at the Russell House will be presented at the next Buildings and Grounds Committee meeting.
The committee also approved a subtle change for the new wellness center. The facility's official name is now the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center.
11/02 - Reprinted With Permission. A Special Thanks To USC Times.