The GCSU west campus transformed into a construction zone over the last year and the end result is a state of the art, 28 million dollar wellness center. The facility is scheduled to open in the fall, but 41 NBC was granted a sneak peak into GCSU's newest attraction.
"The pool to me is a very cool thing to look at and some of the amenities the students are going to get with that, I mean zip lines and leisure pool and you know high dives," said Dave Lefevre.
The finishing tiles of a massive 75 foot pool fit into place as Senior Project Manager Dave Lefevre, outlines maybe the most impressive aspect of GCSU's new wellness center. Just beside the recreational pool, a 60x20 leisure pool for therapy and relaxation. The
"Student health services are here, we have our health programs, student health programs are here, wellness program," said Michael Rickenbacker.
Garbut-Christman Construction Company broke ground last August on GCSU's west campus, bringing together a team of contractors for one incredible building in a short amount of time.
"You can do all the planning you want, you can do all the scheduling you want, but if you don't have a good solid subcontractor base you just don't get it done. We've got an outstanding team here, I mean a really outstanding team," said Lefevre.
The wellness center will feature an indoor track, basketball courts state of the art cardio and strength equipment, a climbing wall, and even an inline skating rink. The facility is also on pace to be energy friendly, project management say the building will be awarded silver certification by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
"We laugh and say it inspires you to perspire, but it really does get you motivated to come and workout and come and consider your health and your wellness and all aspects of it," said Rickenbacker.
One of the coolest spots in this facility is in the aerobics studio where the view overlooks the GCSU baseball field.
"It'll actually be a motivational tool to get people to come and workout, it'll get me back in the pool and I haven't been in years. But I'm telling ya I'll be over here swimming laps so, it's a great place," said Rickenbacker.