Gloucester County College officially unveiled the $2.8 million Physical Education Center renovation project on Tuesday, Sept. 14, a much-needed undertaking for the 39 year-old building constructed in January 1971.
The Center’s new facelift, funded by Chapter 12 money, includes: a new gym roof, up-graded and enhanced HVAC and ductwork, new ceiling tiles and energy efficient lights in lobby, coaches’ offices, locker rooms, storage rooms and gymnasium, new men and ladies’ locker rooms, new flooring in coaches’ office and locker rooms, new shower rooms and restrooms in locker rooms (now ADA accessible), reconditioned lockers, new state-of-the-art trainer’s room and equipment, new and expanded lobby restrooms (now ADA accessible), officials/staff changing room, new team locker rooms, new uniform storage room and new trophy display cases.
“The Gloucester County College Athletic program had a tremendous year with our athletes, teams and coaches earning national championship titles. The culmination of these athletic successes has resulted in the College being recognized as the best athletic program in the country—a first in New Jersey,” said Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney. “The renovations to the Physical Education Center compliment other facility improvements recently undertaken at the College, including updated classrooms, the Fine Arts Center and Continuing Education Center. Enrollment at GCC is at an all time high with more than 6,550 students taking courses this semester. These projects will provide our students with a state-of-the-art learning environment right here in Gloucester County.”
“GCC coaches and athletes do an excellent job representing the College at sporting events around the country. The improvements to the Physical Education Center were necessary to ensure our students’ safety and meet ADA accessibly requirements as well as essential to maintaining the upkeep of the building,” said GCC President Dr. Russell A. Davis.
Added Freeholder Joseph A. Brigandi Jr., liaison to the County’s Department of Education and Department of Economic Development, “Not only are Roadrunner athletes top in the playing field, they are also leaders in the classroom. This year, 10 GCC athletes were named Academic All-Americans. Having an updated facility will only continue to draw more of Gloucester County’s finest to the campus.”
Along with this year’s talented students, former GCC standout athletes and coaches will also have a presence in the newly revamped building. Athletic Director and Dean of Health, Physical Education and Recreation Ron Case announced the addition of 11 alumni to be inducted into the Roadrunners Hall of Fame on Sept. 24, the first new inductees since 1992. Their names will be added to the Hall of Fame plaque on display in the lobby.
For information on GCC’s athletic program, visit www.gccnj.edu.