Photo by Denton Dooley
By Paul Triukas
In January of 2014, COD students will have a brand new Physical Education Center. The $24 million renovation that started in the summer of 2012 will greet the students at the beginning of the spring term.
About 83,000 square feet of the old 130,000 square feet have been touched up. The upgraded P.E. Center will have a more visible entrance, as the south side will be reconstructed into the main entrance and will include a lobby, a concession area, an entrance into the arena and an open stairway to the second level. The existing fitness center will be relocated to the center’s second level. Additionally, a new varsity athletic addition, about 14,000 square feet of housing, will include facilities for the student athletes, including the locker rooms, a strength lab and a training room.
In recent years, careers in the physical education area have become increasingly popular and with the renovation and construction of the P.E. Center, the opportunities for students at College of DuPage are about to reach even greater heights. Students interested in working out will also have a new place to exercise.
For those interested, memberships to the fitness center currently range from $300 for a regular membership to $150 for seniors and faculty & staff per year. Students must purchase regular priced memberships; however, lower prices are being discussed upon the opening of the new facility. Memberships should be available at the Physical Education Center office in the K Building, room 165.