Update on the Addition to the Verdugo Gym

Jonathan Vargas, Sports Writer

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Glendale Community College always seems to have some sort of construction project going on. The GCC campus is a never-ending story when it comes to creating new buildings or remodelling old ones. The campus had the Sierra Vista building completed in the Spring of 2018. Shortly after the Sierra Vista building was completed a new construction project just started to begin and that is an addition to the Verdugo Gym.

How does GCC get the funding to afford so many construction projects? To answer a question I’m sure is on everyone’s mind: In the November 2016 elections voters approved of Measure GC, which would issue up to $325,000,000 of the Glendale Community Districts general obligation bonds. Those funds are to be used strictly to improve the facilities on campus. These funds have been used for the Sierra Vista building, and for the addition to the Verdugo gym.

Why do we need to update the gym and add a new building to it? What does the campus gain from this? .The new addition to the gym is being built with the main goals being; to provide more Physical Education classrooms along with one large lecture-based classroom, more DSPS classes for disabled students, a new state of the art weight room, an expanded athletic training facility( nearly double the size of what it is now), a Men’s and Women’s locker room, an auxiliary gym, and a better rehabilitation treatment center for injured athletes according to Chris Cicuto the Associate Dean of Athletics. Mr. Cicuto is also quoted stating “The addition to the gym will free up a lot of space that is compacted in the current gym”. This new addition to the gym is expected to be finished by May of 2021.

Certainly, most of the students on campus have walked into or by the current gym and noticed how small it is. It is also dark and gloomy looking when you walk inside of the current gym. The addition to the gym not only makes more of an abundance of opportunities for Physical education classes and athletes as previously stated, but it also makes that part of campus more appealing for the students enrolled.

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