Those attending the dedication of the Pierce College Health Education Center (HEC) at 2 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Fort Steilacoom campus will “cross the finish line” to celebrate completion of the $10.5 million facility.
The 45,000-square-foot HEC was constructed on the site of a swimming pool complex which was significantly damaged during the Nisqually Earthquake in 2001. More than double the size of the swimming pool complex, the center features a multi-purpose room, state-of-the-art exercise equipment, locker rooms, health and wellness classrooms and laboratories where the college’s new Diagnostic Health and Fitness Technician program will be taught, administrative offices and a 14,000-square-foot gymnasium with a seating capacity of 1,000.
“Raiders volleyball and basketball teams can now host home games for the first time in the college’s 40-year history,” said Duncan Stevenson, director of athletics for the Pierce College District.
Participating in the dedication ceremony will be Claire Spain-Remy, M.D., chair of the district’s board of trustees; Michele L. Johnson, Ph.D., chancellor of the Pierce College District; Denise Yochum, president of Pierce Fort Steilacoom; Rebecca Zimmerman, president of Associated Students of Pierce College Fort Steilacoom; and Pierce alum Robert Troop, All-USA Academic All Star in 2003. Troop was president of the Fort Steilacoom student body when, in 2003, students at both the Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup campuses voted for a quarterly student fee to help pay for recreational facilities. A 16,000-square-foot health education center is scheduled for completion at Pierce Puyallup by June of 2008. Nearly half the cost of both facilities will be paid for by student fees; the remaining cost has been financed from state capital construction funds.
Following the dedication of the Fort Steilacoom HEC, Raiders athletes will conduct tours of the facility which was designed by MSGS Architects of Olympia. Jim Gabrielse, AIA, project architect, indicated the building’s “green” design includes extensive use of natural lighting and energy efficient heating and ventilation systems. During construction of the HEC, a new foundation was poured over the site of the swimming pool after it was filled with rubble resulting from demolition of the original structure.
Contractor for the center was Jones and Roberts Construction Company of Olympia.
Johnson said the new centers “will complement a health and wellness initiative Pierce College has adopted to promote the mental and physical well being of our faculty, staff and students.”
Members of the general public can use HEC facilities and equipment by paying tuition for at least one course offered quarterly by Pierce College Fort Steilacoom and an additional $15 per quarter use fee. Those who enroll in a one-credit body conditioning course during winter quarter will receive instruction in developing a fitness program suited to their individual needs and lifestyles. Registration for winter quarter begins Nov. 27; classes begin Jan. 2, 2008.
Hours of the HEC are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday when the college is in session.
For more information, call (253) 964-6612 or visit the college website.