The Myklebust Gymnasium and Fitness Center at Lower Columbia College is pumping some heavy iron these days.

Work is on schedule — and on budget — for the college’s expanded athletic center, which is expected to open for winter quarter the first week of January.

The $8 million project is funded in part by a student-approved fee of $2.50 per credit to make the 55-year-old gym compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act standards and expand campus workout opportunities.

“Part of the challenge on this one is it was built in the ’50s, and we’re adding on and renovating it,” LCC Vice President of Administration Nolan Wheeler said. “When it’s done it will be a top-of-the-line facility.”

An addition of 12,000 square feet will give Myklebust a climbing wall, more room for free weights and new fitness equipment. Locker rooms are also getting a makeover, and one of the new spaces will be what Wheeler previously called “the best dance floor in town.”

Mark Morris has hosted LCC’s indoor athletics while the gym is closed, and some of the college’s current exercise equipment has been available in the Student Center.

LCC’s other big project, the new science building, is also on track for its opening this fall.

Brooks Johnson covers Longview city government, Cowlitz PUD and Lower Columbia College for The Daily News. Reach him at 360-577-7828 or

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running start, nursing and debt is all this place truly has to offer.. how much tuition can one really pay for a 14hr degree.. loosing their minds over there



Maybe you should have attended this place that doesn't have anything to offer. It's "losing" not "loosing."

The kids/students paid for this. They voted and chose to do it. More power to them.


Only part of the funding is coming from students, The GREATER part is coming from OUR pockets citizens!!! The "be a top-of-the-line facility and “the best dance floor in town.” statements are very crass remarks to taxpayers who are paying for this. What is going on at LCC, that these remarks are being formulated and given to the press?? Ignorance??

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