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The Master's College gymnasium gets a makeover

Posted: June 4, 2013 10:06 p.m.
Updated: June 4, 2013 10:06 p.m.

A recently taken photo of the gymnasium at The Master's College shows a vacant portion in front which will eventually become a much larger lobby and concession area.

 

The Master’s College is making some major improvements to its main gymnasium this summer that school officials say are long overdue.

TMC began a significant face lift of the Robert K. Bross Gymnasium in early May, and the plan is to complete the two-phase project by the end of December.

“The campus is thrilled because we’ve estimated that probably more guests come through that building than any other building on campus,” said TMC athletic director Steve Waldeck.

The more extensive phase of the $3.8 million project renovation will include an expansion of the front lobby area that leads into the gym.

That will entail improved restrooms, a larger concession area and the addition of both a meeting room and an athletic hall of fame for the school.

The lobby itself will extend to about 2 1/2 times its previous size. The building will also be renamed The MacArthur Center in honor of TMC president John MacArthur.

It’s the first major improvement the building has undergone since construction of the building was completed in 1967. Since then, the school installed a new hardwood floor, new bleachers and improved the locker rooms, but nothing to the degree of this year’s expansion.

“This is the front door to our campus,” said TMC Provost Mark Tatlock. “Every guest who comes to our campus goes through the gymnasium lobby and this is our way to reflect in architecture the excellence that is expected on our campus.”

The project is being funded entirely with donor money, Tatlock said.

Visually, the inside of the gym won’t change much other than painting the ceiling beams.

Most of the work this summer will involve getting the building up to the latest fire and safety codes and properly insulating it for the installation of a new central air conditioning system.

“The temperature is almost unbearable with all the bodies in there,” Waldeck said.

Waldeck said the basketball and volleyball coaches are thrilled at the prospect of practicing in much cooler conditions during the extreme heat of the summer.

“That part of the renovation is just going to bode so well just for our athletes and our spectators,” Waldeck said.

The capacity of 1,200 spectators for volleyball and basketball games will remain the same.

This project has been in the works for “a number of years,” Tatlock said, and its part of a campus-wide series of building improvements.

The first phase of the project, which includes the air conditioning, is supposed to be finished by late August at the beginning of the women’s volleyball season.

In addition to serving as the home court for the school’s men’s and women’s basketball teams and women’s volleyball team, the gym is used three times a week for chapel services and hosts occasional college fairs and conventions.

The school has a 24-hour live video feed of the gym on display on its website, which can be viewed at www.masters.edu/gym-renovation-project-underway-along-placerita.aspx

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