Grambling State University will soon renovate and expand the current Intramural Center to an auditorium, health center, expanded track and a new weight room.
According to the vice president of finance Ante Britten the largest improvement to the current facility will be the addition of a new indoor swimming pool.
Students are anxious to see the new center and pool.
“I am very excited about the new pool and I truly believe that will bring students closer together because that will be another social aspect on campus,” said Junior Class President Ginia Smith.
According to Britten the projection date has not been set yet. The project is still in the final stages of the financial process and still needs to go through the state of Louisiana architectural selection process.
“We are currently in the final phases of financing the project. We will have a more definitive date once the selection process is complete,” said Britten.
In 2011, the GSU student body took a vote to enact a $25 intramural and Natatorium fee to be used toward the creation of the new center. GSU has been without a usable Natatorium center for six years.
“The current conditions of the Intramural Center and the lack of a usable Natatorium do not allow Grambling State the opportunity to offer a holistic health and wellness program,” Britten added..
That particular reason explains why GSU is trying to expand and renovate the current center
Another student is also pleased with the news.
“I am really looking forward to the new aerobics room because I participate almost every day and it will be very beneficial because it’s very popular on campus,” said Freshman biology major McKenzie Branch.
The exterior of the facility will have a skate park and a convenience store is going to be added in the facility as well.
Britten strongly believes that the center will benefit students.
“This new project will impact students in a very positive way,” said Britten. “The National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association, states the severe impact of the rising health care costs has created a new emphasis on prevention and holistic wellness (at institutions).”