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.